Politicians have their way of making a fuss out of everything. And after they do it, social media channels allow them to delete all their comments, to lose track of everything that was said but is no longer beneficial for the political suit of certain personalities. Rumor has it that now, government transparency accounts are taken down by Twitter.
In order to enhance transparency, some organizations took on a mission to reveal all the deleted Tweets from the side of politicians and basically display all the truth behind statements. Recently, two services that tracked these deleted comments from political personalities and other diplomats, have been cut off from accessing Twitter. According to a recent post published on Sunday by the Open State Foundation, Twitter has revoked access to its API for Diplotwoops on Friday, as well as for the remaining Politwoops sites in 30 countries all over the world. Diplotwoops and Politwoops are the two agencies responsible with revealing all the deleted comments and statements of politicians.
It’s rather peculiar how in a world where freedom should be embraced, these kinds of abuse happens. Transparency should work equally for both the power structures and common individuals but it will take some time before such things happen and human conscience reaches higher levels. Politics is a dirty game and no matter the efforts a social network makes to enhance equity and transparency, the political power takes it all.
The particular code which allowed the US version of Politwoops to operate, was initially developed by the Dutch organization the Open State Foundation, over three years ago. The group shared the code with the Sunlight Foundation in the US, a group similarly focused on making the government more transparent.
All tracking services were aimed at making everything more clean and clear, organizations and individuals altogether were able to keep track of what politicians were saying on Twitter, by monitoring their accounts for deleted tweets.
Well, in its defense, Twitter says the mentioned accounts violate API’s terms of service which forbids developers from storing deleted tweets, regardless of who tweeted them. This is a question of privacy, which, according to Twitter’s position, should work at all levels, no matter if the user is anonymous or a member of the congress. Common users are allowed to delete past tweets and if this works for them, then politicians can easily follow the rule as well, even if we’re basically talking of different terms of exposure.
Back in June, Twitter revoked API access from the popular Politwoops account that was run by the Sunlight foundation. The latest round of selection and so-called-censorship targets the UK’s Open State Founation, which operated the two accounts responsible with transparently revealing information.
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