Politwoops lives on in 30 countries but still fears Twitter will kill it

Since 2012, Politwoops has been preserving tweets deleted by US lawmakers. They range from typos and other understandable social media slips to out and out attempts to hide real embarrassment and scandal. On May 15, it stopped working. And the reason soon became apparent: Twitter had decided the project was in breach of its terms of service and had shut off its API access. It was a clash between the letter and the spirit of the law. Politwoops was flouting the social network’s rules, but everyone had known that since it came online in 2012. The Sunlight Foundation, which runs the US site,…

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