Twitter Bringing Back Tool That Tracks Deleted Political Tweets After Killing It

December 31, 2015 10:26 a.m.

Twitter announced Thursday it’s bringing back Politwoops, the popular gaffe-tracking transparency tool that tracked politicians’ deleted tweets, after unceremoniously killing off the service earlier this year.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey hinted at the news at the social media giant’s October Flight conference. Twitter had said preserving deleted tweets, even from elected officials, violated its agreement with developers.

“We have a responsibility to continue to empower organizations that bring more transparency to public dialogue, such as Politwoops,” he said at the conference.

Politwoops tracked deleted social media mishaps from politicians and public officials in more than 30 countries since its founding in 2010, and sparked a number of mini-scandals in American politics.

Twitter revoked developer API access for the project, a venture of The Sunlight Foundation and The Open State Foundation, in August 2015.

AP photo: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey

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