Twitter has a message for politicians: You can delete tweets, but you can’t hide.
Politwoops, a tool developed by the Sunlight Foundation that archives the tweets politicians fire off and then quickly delete, is back after a seven-month hiatus. The tool went dark earlier this year after Twitter removed Politwoops’ access to the API on June 3, stopping the ability to track deleted tweets.
A release from Twitter announcing the service’s return quoted CEO Jack Dorsey from a conference in October:
We have a responsibility to communicate our roadmap in a clear and transparent way to everyone in this community. We have a responsibility to have an open dialogue with you to make sure we are serving you in the best way. We have a responsibility to continue to empower organizations that bring more transparency to public dialogue, such as Politwoops. We need to make sure we are serving all these organizations and developers in the best way, because that is what will make Twitter great. We need to listen, we need to learn, and we need to have this conversation with you. We want to start that today. Read more…