August 25, 2016

The U.S. Version of Politwoops is Back Live Online, Access Deleted Tweets by Elected Officials and Candidates

On January 5, 2016 we posted that Politwoops was back online in 25 countries.

However, one country version that wasn’t available at that time was the United States version featuring deleted tweets by U.S. politicians.

Today, the proprietor of the U.S. version of Politwoops, the wonderful Sunlight Foundation, announced that Politwoops U.S. is back live online.

From the Sunlight Foundation:

Since Politwoops first launched in the U.S. in 2012, we’ve documented the impact and importance of being able to track these public statements. From the initial reactions to the Supreme Court’s Affordable Care Act decision to the abrupt change of messaging surrounding the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl by the Taliban, Politwoops offers a unique window into how political officials communicate with the public.

You’ll notice a few changes to the tool that we’re excited to share. For starters, we’ll be showing you every deleted tweet — not just the ones we think are important — made by elected officials and candidates for office. Right now that includes Senate, House and presidential candidates, as well as governors and the D.C. mayor. In the future we hope to expand that to executive branch officials and state legislators. We’re also planning to implement a filtering system to more easily weed out simple errors and typos.

Direct to Politwoops U.S.

Background

Politwoops is Back Online Restoring/Preserving Deleted Tweets of Politicians in 25 Countries With More Coming Soon (January 5, 2016)

Good News! Agreement with Twitter Allows Politwoops to Publish Deleted Tweets by Politicians (January 1, 2016)

Boo! “Twitter’s Terrible Decision to Block Politwoops” (June 4, 2015)

Gary Price About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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