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[–] Tipman79 1 points 1 points (+2|-1) ago  (edited ago)

What if it's something you no longer stand by?

Then having gone through that evolution of self, it's not only a record of how you got to who you are, it's a record of how you previously felt. If it's morally acceptable to go back and delete records of what you've previously stated, then it should be ok for politicians to do the same right? What if in 10 years time Donald Trump changes his opinion on Mexicans? Would it be ok for news outlets and the like to delete the records of his previously held beliefs?

Yeah I know, that's a fairly extreme example, but the idea of changing a record of what you've said because you don't believe it anymore is an idea that's inherenty vulnerable to abuse.

Edit: A word.


[–] pitapityparty 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I agree with you, which is why I have only rarely deleted my comments, an act I hope falls short of grand-scale historical revisionism. But as someone who has felt displeasure looking at his comment history from time to time, I took some offence at the suggestion that it might be for reasons relating to popular opinion or the current narrative. You seemed to take a narrow view of comment deletion.


[–] Tipman79 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

You seemed to take a narrow view of comment deletion.

I suppose I do, but not in the way you think.

It wasn't that long ago, that when you said something publicly, you couldn't go back later and change that statement. You could ammend it, you could clarify it, or you could even make a statement that you've changed your opinion. People were accountable for what they said.

Now, we have public forums like Reddit and Voat where people can go and delete something they've previously said like it never happened. Fair enough, you nor I are elected officials (I assume) so it's really not that important.

Except it is. The more socially acceptable this sort of thing becomes, the more "hum drum" it is for people like you and I, the more likely we are to accept it from public officials. Major news outlets. Government agencies.

It's not about someone on Voat deleting a previous opinion because they don't want it thrown in their face, it's about reenforcing the idea that denying something you've previously said is acceptable.

Does that make sense?