Hero Just Alerted Us to a Bot That Posts Every Time a Congressmember's Twitter Account Changes, and His Analogy For All the Deactivated Republicans Is On Point
Let us all have a moment of silence for the fallen.
A Twitter bot called Changes of Congress is keeping a running record of all official Congressional Twitter accounts that get deactivated, and Twitter hero Matt Ortega noticed a mighty number of Republican members who lost re-election in November are on that bot's list.
And he was here for it:
"Deactivation of official accounts from Republicans who lost in 2018 is like The Fallen from The Hunger Games," tweeted Ortega.
Deactivation of official accounts from Republicans who lost in 2018 is like The Fallen from The Hunger Games: https://t.co/k7iRMoijQF— Matt Ortega (@Matt Ortega)1546136000.0
And the gifs came rolling in.
@MattOrtega @realPrezSnow https://t.co/DFizrDaRou— GᖇᗩᗰᔕIE (@GᖇᗩᗰᔕIE)1546171017.0
@MattOrtega Good. Good. https://t.co/NebQ9mSKKz— Lady Pie de Grue (@Lady Pie de Grue)1546188772.0
The bot comes courtesy of programmer Alex Litel, who - on a more serious note - points out that account deactivations aren't all fun and games.
"I'm seeing some people gloat about deactivations, but I'd like to argue that deactivations are probably bad and MOCs deactivating accounts remove potentially valuable data from public access. And it possibly messes with our ability to preserve records of congressional comms."
@MattOrtega @LaurenWern I only hope the @USNatArchives make sure that they are not deleted.— Wyatt Derp (@Wyatt Derp)1546218632.0
@MattOrtega ::cannon shots into the air::— Cleveland Dave (@Cleveland Dave)1546140523.0
The Changes of Congress bot updates every day at 8pm EST, and keeps track of "when Congress-related Twitter accounts are renamed, deactivated or reactivated."
@MattOrtega https://t.co/lwEFbhHkDr— Themyscara'sDaughter🌊🌊 (@Themyscara'sDaughter🌊🌊)1546188718.0
@MattOrtega https://t.co/8VzqSOKE2E— Kyiv-il Genius (@Kyiv-il Genius)1546209785.0
I guess the odds weren't in their favor after all.
@MattOrtega @xtrixcyclex @KT_So_It_Goes Democrats be like https://t.co/q4Bt264j06— Edward Lechner (@Edward Lechner)1546146786.0