Following last year’s shut down of Politwoops for posting deleted Tweets from politicians, Twitter has done it again. This week we heard of the shutdown of PostGhost which was archiving deleted Tweets by politicians or verified users with over 10k followers.
PostGhost had only been around for a few days when the social media giant served it with a cease-and-desist letter, effectively stopping it in its tracks. Apparently what PostGhost was doing is against the platform’s Developer Agreement and Policy. But PostGhost is not going down without a fight. While PostGhost has stopped archiving deleted Tweets, an open letter to the public appeared on its website.
We believe that for such prominent verified Twitter users, the public has a right to see their public Twitter history, whether or not they grow to regret the statements they’ve made,
The archiving of deleted posts is not a new thing, and neither is Twitter’s heavy-handed response to the practice. Last year, Twitter shut down Politwoops, a project run by the Sunlight Foundation, which was posting deleted Tweets from politicians.
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Just like PostGhost, its purpose was to promote transparency. After all, politicians have a tendency to say things and then mysteriously “unsay” them. Politwoops eventually did bounce back early this year, so could we expect Twitter to change its mind? Unlikely. Twitter still needs to protect its users, right?
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