No more archiving deleted tweets from politicians

Twitter shuts down Politwoops’ tracking service for breaching its terms of service

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The archiving web service Politwoops’ access to Twitter has been blocked for breaching its terms of service.  

Twitter confirmed on Friday to that it had removed access of Politwoops, a popular service automatically tracking politicians’ deleted tweets, run by the Sunlight Foundation.

“We strongly support Sunlight’s mission of increasing transparency in politics… but preserving deleted Tweets violates our developer agreement. …user privacy for all accounts is a priority for us, whether the user is anonymous or a member of Congress,” said Twitter in a statement.

Politwoops, founded in 2012, is US non-profit organisation and performs the role of a kind of social media watchdog.

Although many tweets it has archived were misspellings and typos, Politwoops enabled the press and public to hold congressmen such as Anthony Weiner or Aaoron Schock accountable over revelations in their deleted tweets.  

“Politwoops was created because public communications from public officials should be available to anyone who wants to see them,” Sunlight Foundation President Christopher Gates said in a blog post, titled “Eulogy for Politwoops.”

“Twitter’s decision to pull the plug on Politwoops is a reminder of how the Internet isn’t truly a public square.”

While Twitter is sealing the demise of the US Politwoops, the British Politwoops continues to track the deleted tweets of British MPs, at least for now.

TRTWorld and agencies