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January 5, 2016

Twitter to bring back Politwoops

Last summer Twitter shut down the API access to Politwoops, an archived network of deleted tweets from politicians, to outcries of dismay from open-government advocates. The shutdown, which occurred first in the US, but soon applied to all 30+ participating countries, was accompanied with the following statement from Twitter officials: “Imagine how nerve-racking – terrifying, even – tweeting would be if it was immutable and irrevocable? No one user is more deserving of that ability than another. Indeed, deleting a tweet is an expression of the user’s voice”.

The tweet revival tool, developed by the Sunlight Foundation, had until the suspension in May been a [...]

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