Twitter is known to be one of the most widely used social media platforms where news is shared the most but, in recent years, sharing of memes, quotes, images, videos, and a lot more have been observed. According to a Latvian startup business, Tweet Deleter, that keeps track of content being deleted on the platform, it has been revealed that since April 2020, the number of deleted tweets has started to increase. By July 2020, the spike of deleted tweets peaked the most. As per the analysis, the most deleted tweets contained either race-related keywords or profanities. Since the platform is a family of 321 million users from all over the world hence, all its trends make a huge impact on society.
The Tweet Deleter kept analyzing the platform for a year before revealing the stats. According to the infographic below, the tweet deletion began in January 2020 with a monthly deletion of about 12 million tweets. By April, the number of deleted tweets grew to 30 million in a month and peaked at 36 million in July.
Tweet Deleter carried out a survey asking users the reason for deleting their tweets, and the following are the responses it got:
- Removing embarrassing tweets
- Opinions have changed than those represented in the previous tweets
- Decluttering the feed
- Clearing up the feed for the new year
- Removing potentially offensive tweets
For a detailed insight regarding deleted tweet statistics, check the infographic below.
Infographic by: Tweetdeleter.com