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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Twitter blocks sites dedicated to saving politicians’ deleted tweets

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Twitter has blocked some sites dedicated to archiving deleted tweets from politicians around the world following "thoughtful internal deliberation and close consideration of a number of factors," and that the social media site didn't distinguish between politicians and regular users.
The sites known as Politwoops were overseen by the Open State Foundation (OSF). The foundation said it was informed on Friday, Aug 21 by Twitter that access was being shut off to Politwoops in the 30 countries in which it operates, following the blocking of Politwoops’ US operation in May.
  
It said Twitter was also blocking Diplotwoops, which screens deleted messages by diplomats and embassies worldwide. 
Twitter said that “the ability to delete one’s tweets – for whatever reason – has been a long-standing feature of Twitter for all users”. 
Twitter policy says that those who have access to its APIs (application programme interfaces), as Politwoops did, must delete content “that Twitter reports as deleted or expired”.

“From time to time, we come upon apps or solutions that violate that policy. Recently we identified several services that used the feature we built to allow for the deletion of tweets to instead archive and highlight them,“ Twitter said.

“We subsequently informed these services of their noncompliance and suspended their access to our APIs.”

The list of countries where Twitter blocked Politwoops includes 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 and the Vatican. It also includes members of the European Parliament.

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