There are many politicians out there who would like to “forget” that they ever said something. There are also many citizens out there who claim that what politicians say is public record, seeking out to track and preserve their words for the sake of transparency. Twitter disagrees apparently – since June, the company has revoked API access to over 30 government transparency-seeking accounts, citing user privacy.
If you like our stories, there is an easy way to stay updated:
The account was hugely popular and the latest accounts that were blocked (run by U.K.’s Open State Foundation) are no exception, as they too, archived and republished deleted tweets from politicians and other powerful people in over 30 countries.
Arjan El Fassed, Open State’s Director, explained that
[quote]“What elected politicians publicly say is a matter of public record,” . “What politicians say in public should be available to anyone. This is not about typos but it is a unique insight on how messages from elected politicians can change without notice.”[/quote]
Twitter counters this argument with its API’s T&Cs, in that developers are not allowed to store deleted tweets.
[quote]“Honoring the expectation of user privacy for all accounts is a priority for us,” “whether the user is anonymous or a member of Congress.”[/quote]
The EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) explains that although Twitter has always supported transparent and free speech it has played a role in censorship in several situations, seemingly colluding with governments to withhold information. Despite the internet’s valiant efforts to keep information free, it seems that even the media that are rooted in its freedom are not immune.
What is your take on this story? Do you think all tweets have a right to be deleted and never remembered?
You might also like
More from Twitter
Twitter is now allowing all advertisers to use its new Tweet replies ad placement, for app install ads, on iOS …
Twitter has made it harder to switch between the Latest and Home feeds in the app, with the algorithm-based feed …
Twitter recently unveiled a new Creator Dashboard to help creators make the shift into monetized content creation.
Twitter has announced updates for its Birdwatch crowdsourced fact-checking program, and a new testing group of random US users.
Developers can take part in the initiative and identify their accounts as bots, displaying a label on their profiles and …
The tool, which automatically blocks abusive accounts for seven days, has been extended to users in a number of English-speaking …