Phil Neville: 'Twitter should delete old tweets after a certain length of time', says Saira Khan

Phil Neville: 'Twitter should delete old tweets after a certain length of time', says Saira Khan

Phil Neville has been criticised for tweets he made in 2012

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Saira Khan has said Twitter should delete your old tweets after a certain length of time so people don't have the ability to dig up old comments and trawl the skeletons in your cupboard.

Phil Neville is the new coach of the England women's football team, but has come under fire for making sexist comments on Twitter in 2012.

The former Manchester United and England footballer joked about beating his wife, suggested women should be doing housework and said women "of always wanted inequality until it comes to paying the bills [sic]".

Saira was discussing the issue with Jamie East, who revealed he had asked Twitter what could be done about removing old tweets which could potentially be offensive. A Twitter rep told him to search for your Twitter name alongside key words you think could be an issue, and it will show you your tweets, which you can then delete.

But the Loose Women panellist suggested this was nonsense, asking "who’s got time to self-police themselves?"

Instead of the current system, Khan said, "people shouldn't have the ability to go back that far" in your social media.

She explained "I know in my emails that after a certain amount of time, after a week, if I haven’t used those emails they get deleted" and Twitter should do the same.

"People are actually now losing careers and losing jobs as a result of something that they said 10 years ago," she added.

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