Library archive bid blamed for Keneally’s tweet silence
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.