Twitter block websites saving politicians’ deleted posts from 30 countries.
Twitter banned Diplotwoops and Politwoops, a series of accounts that automatically monitored politicians’ profiles for deleted tweets and published them.
Twitter said that In a statement to AFP, “the ability to delete one’s tweets for whatever reason has been a long-standing feature of Twitter for all users”.
The Open State Foundation was informed by Twitter that access was being shut off to Politwoops in the 30 countries in which it operates, after the blocking of Politwoops’ US operation in May.
The Open State Foundation started Politwoops in the Netherlands in 2010 that keeps track of deleted tweets by politicians.
“Imagine how nerve-racking terrifying, even tweeting would be if it was immutable and irrevocable?” Twitter told the Open State Foundation, in a statement on Friday night, August 21.
Twitter was also blocking Diplotwoops, which screens deleted messages by diplomats and embassies worldwide, according to reports.
Open State Foundation director Arjan El Fassed insisted, comments made by politicians on Twitter should stay in the public domain.
“What elected politicians publicly say is a matter of public record. Even when tweets are deleted, it’s part of parliamentary history,” he said.
Twitter blocked Politwoops in these countries:
Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Denmark, Portugal, Egypt, Estonia, France, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, South Korea, Macedonia, Norway, Belgium, United Kingdom, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden, Spain, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, Vatican and members of the European Parliament.
“What politicians say in public should be available to anyone,” El Fassed added.
“This is not about typos but it is a unique insight on how messages from elected politicians can change without notice.”
Twitter policy says that those who have access to their API must delete the content that Twitter reports as “deleted or expired”. The websites are banned after a “thoughtful internal deliberation.” IMAGE by Andrew Burton/Getty Images