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An excellent reminder that "the Internet never forgets" is wrong, misleading and harmful. I think the problem is that we're in a constant state of limbo: we can't have the confidence (that we typically take for granted with casual conversation) that statements will be forgotten and be experimental without fear, because sometimes the Internet *will* latch on and reproduce our follies. But simultaneously, we can't have the confidence that our online history will be maintained and our creative work remembered forever. Sadly, we've constructed the worst of both imaginary worlds. I think we should build technology such that we can maintain history and so that we can have control over our statements and be able to remove and revise them; only rarely are these in conflict, both are cases of improving user control.