Back from the Dead: Politwoops

Months after Twitter revoked API access, Politwoops is back, tracking the words politicians take back by Joseph Lichterman.

From the post:

We’ll forgive you if you missed the news, since it was announced on New Year’s Eve: Politwoops, the service which tracks politicians’ deleted tweets, is coming back after Twitter agreed to let it access the service’s API once again.

On Tuesday, the Open State Foundation, the Dutch nonprofit that runs the international editions of Politwoops, said it was functioning again in 25 countries, including the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Ireland, and Turkey. The American version of Politwoops, operated by the Sunlight Foundation, isn’t back up yet, but the foundation said in a statement that “in the coming days and weeks, we’ll be working behind the scenes to get Politwoops up and running.”

Excellent news!

Politwoops will be reporting tweets that politicians send and then suddenly regret.

I don’t disagree with Twitter that any user can delete their tweets but strongly disagree that I can’t capture the original tweet and at a minimum, point to its absence from the “now” Twitter archive.

Politicians should not be allowed to hide from their sporadic truthful tweets.

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