Twitter had an agreement with two transparency-focused organizations, Sunlight Foundation and the open state foundation. It was based on the fact for them to resume publishing the deleted tweets of politicians and government officials in the New Year.
In August, Twitter cut off access to politwoops which is a Sunlight Foundation initiative that published elected officials’ deleted tweets. The technology company said politwoops violated its developer agreement, which mandates that services with access to twitter’s servers must not display tweets that users have deleted. None of the parties explained how politwoops will navigate this issue, but the service’s restoration is a positive development for anyone hoping to see twitter used to hold government officials responsible for what they say in public.
According to the open state foundation, the decision resulted from meetings between the foundation, the digital rights organization Access Now, the sunlight foundation and twitter over the past two months. At the flight developer conference in october, newly hired Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said twitter had a responsibility to “empower organizations that bring more transparency to public dialogue, such as politwoops.”