From what I remember on the stance......
The issue with the statuses is they too often devolve into heated arguments which are hard to regulate in statuses. There are more punishments that are given depending on the severity.
Might start deleting them but trust me when I did that even when I would let the person know it led to sudden spikes of "power abuse" claims from some and it can create more drama then needed.
Most people know not to make statuses responding to locked statuses though so that's nice.
It may create drama, but if you feel the need to start deleting them, you might as well do it. If the claims of power abuse come from more than a handful of people, then you should step back, but if it's mostly coming from the person in question who's status was deleted, it's difficult to tell if that's actually a fair critique, or if they're just simply lashing out over getting their status deleted.
Though, to be honest, sometimes when some people post statuses about "power abuse", I get the impression that people are mostly joking and making light of the situation? So it's not that a lot of people are getting upset about it, it seems more like trying to make light of the situation.
Regarding the title of this thread, I'm wary. There's a false belief that going through with something like that would be seen as "singling out" people, which is where the perception of power abuse comes from, rather than appropriately holding people accountable for violating the rules.