Twitter hid behind its developer agreement to shut Politwoops down, and it could get messy

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Politwoops, a website which caches deleted tweets from politicians, has been shut down by Twitter. Speaking to Gawker, Twitter says Sunlight Foundation, which ran the site, violated its developer agreement. Earlier today we spoke to the Sunlight Foundation, to tell them we will not restore Twitter API access for their Politwoops site. We strongly support Sunlight’s mission of increasing transparency in politics and using civic tech and open data to hold government accountable to constituents, but preserving deleted Tweets violates our developer agreement. Honoring the expectation of user privacy for all accounts is a priority for us, whether the user is…

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