@untwts is a bot that retweets deleted tweets.

@untwts is a bot that retweets deleted tweets.

@untwts is a bot that retweets deleted tweets.

@untwts hopes to rebalance the knowledge disparities that are constructed in the process of deletion. While signal is impartial, @untwts recognizes that knowledge can be gained or lost depending on perspective and that information may be accessible to some but not all. When we delete, we exaggerate these knowledge gaps, both by removing information from our own line of vision and by attaching a unit of metadata (erasure) for those who still have access to that information. The delete button affords deletion, but it does not deliver deletion: the central critique of this project.

 

To use @untwts, simply tell it to follow an account (ex. “@untwts @barackobama”). @untwts will immediately begin monitoring the account’s tweets for deletion. [Note: @untwts is no longer active].

 

The only way to become invisible to @untwts is to follow it, to become implicated in the performance, to become an active consumer of deleted tweets and thereby help to bring them into the light.

 

By circumventing Twitter’s Search API (@untwts instead performs unauthorized scrapes through a Google script) and avoiding mentions (all instances of ‘@’ are replaced with the Malayalam character ‘൫’), @untwts begins its own process of resisting deletion, a process that echoes its democratic and adversarial mission.

 

@untwts hopes to rebalance the knowledge disparities that are constructed in the process of deletion. While signal is impartial, @untwts recognizes that knowledge can be gained or lost depending on perspective and that information may be accessible to some but not all. When we delete, we exaggerate these knowledge gaps, both by removing information from our own line of vision and by attaching a unit of metadata (erasure) for those who still have access to that information. The delete button affords deletion, but it does not deliver deletion: the central critique of this project.

 

To use @untwts, simply tell it to follow an account (ex. “@untwts @barackobama”). @untwts will immediately begin monitoring the account’s tweets for deletion. [Note: @untwts is no longer active].

 

The only way to become invisible to @untwts is to follow it, to become implicated in the performance, to become an active consumer of deleted tweets and thereby help to bring them into the light.

 

By circumventing Twitter’s Search API (@untwts instead performs unauthorized scrapes through a Google script) and avoiding mentions (all instances of ‘@’ are replaced with the Malayalam character ‘൫’), @untwts begins its own process of resisting deletion, a process that echoes its democratic and adversarial mission.

 

@untwts hopes to rebalance the knowledge disparities that are constructed in the process of deletion. While signal is impartial, @untwts recognizes that knowledge can be gained or lost depending on perspective and that information may be accessible to some but not all. When we delete, we exaggerate these knowledge gaps, both by removing information from our own line of vision and by attaching a unit of metadata (erasure) for those who still have access to that information. The delete button affords deletion, but it does not deliver deletion: the central critique of this project.

 

To use @untwts, simply tell it to follow an account (ex. “@untwts @barackobama”). @untwts will immediately begin monitoring the account’s tweets for deletion. [Note: @untwts is no longer active].

 

The only way to become invisible to @untwts is to follow it, to become implicated in the performance, to become an active consumer of deleted tweets and thereby help to bring them into the light.

 

By circumventing Twitter’s Search API (@untwts instead performs unauthorized scrapes through a Google script) and avoiding mentions (all instances of ‘@’ are replaced with the Malayalam character ‘൫’), @untwts begins its own process of resisting deletion, a process that echoes its democratic and adversarial mission.