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White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci says he’ll delete tweets the internet already recorded

New White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci addresses the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, July 21, 2017.
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New White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci addresses the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, July 21, 2017.

Just one day into his job as White House, communications director Anthony Scaramucci announced on Twitter that he'd be deleting past tweets. Not only is this a highly counterintuitive move for the person charged with communicating between the Trump administration and the press — not to mention a weird understanding of the term "full transparency" — it's also patently ineffective.

His tweets have already been repeated, recorded, shared and downloaded all over the internet. So even if Scaramucci deletes them, they still exist.

The internet has already had a lot of fun with Scaramucci's old tweets, including one where he misattributed a quote to Mark Twain. It inspired a deluge of tweets with purposefully incorrect sourcing. He's also written plenty of tweets that don't square with his new boss.

By Rani Molla, Re/code.net.

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