I’ve been on Twitter since 2012. When the advanced search feature on the platform was introduced a few months ago, I had an absolutely horrible time filing through all of things that I tweeted when I was 15 and deleting them. They were as terrible as you’d think they’d be.
The advanced search tool has uncovered worse, though. Once the feature came out, people starting getting ~exposed~. It seems like every day there’s a tweet from someone famous that’s circulating Twitter and places like Buzzfeed with headlines like, “Fans are pissed at _____’s old racist tweets.”
These discussions are warranted when they look at the greater picture and impact of social media and learning and growing from one’s past choices. But some are only for the sake of taking someone down, and it’s driving people to delete their posts in droves. Are they really changing if they’re just hiding out of fear of exposure?
I don’t have an answer for this. Maybe you do. If so, I’d love to hear it. Regardless, I am thankful for social media for a lot of reasons. It gave us some great sources for today’s stories, for example. It’s also helped give many a voice for important issues, such as DACA, which Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced would be terminated a year ago today. For some at UNC, it feels like their time in the U.S. has been met with an expiration date.