Li­brary ar­chive bid blamed for Ke­neally’s tweet si­lence

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News - ROSE BREN­NAN

KRISTINA Ke­neally’s Twit­ter ac­count has been wiped clean of three years’ worth of opin­ions.

The would-be fed­eral MP says the tweets have been taken down for an ar­chiv­ing project with the State Li­brary of NSW.

How­ever, the li­brary said the move to delete the tweets from the in­ter­net was not at their in­sis­tence.

The tweets that re­main on­line — in­clud­ing an im­age of doc­u­ments re­nounc­ing her US cit­i­zen­ship — back only to Novem­ber 6, 2017 and then the feed is blank un­til De­cem­ber 3, 2014.

On Novem­ber 6 it was re­vealed John Alexan­der’s cit­i­zen­ship — and abil­ity to re­main an MP — was in doubt but the seat of Ben­ne­long was of­fi­cially up for re-elec­tion from Satur­day.

When ques­tioned about the tweets miss­ing from her ac­count, Ms Ke­neally said she had been ap­proached by the State Li­brary of NSW to in­clude the tweets in an ar­chive of her life.

“They came to my house three weeks ago … and took away a hard drive with all the tweets,” she said. “We scooped them all up from the day I started tweet­ing to that day.”

A State Li­brary of NSW spokes­woman said the ar­chive pro­gram did not re­move tweets from the in­ter­net but con­firmed they were col­lect­ing Ms Ke­neally’s “per­sonal pa­pers” which in­cluded emails and tweets.

In re­gards to why the tweets had to be re­moved from the in­ter­net, the spokes­woman said: “That would be her (de­ci­sion).”

Ms Ke­neally de­nied she was try­ing to sani­tise her so­cial me­dia foot­print for the Ben­ne­long elec­tion not­ing the li­brary staff vis­ited her home on Novem­ber 3 — be­fore the Ben­ne­long elec­tion was an­nounced.

Her tweeted re­nun­ci­a­tion.

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