Trump’s attempt to erase words that could lose him votes is a reminder Twitter now makes the deleted tweets of would-be and current leaders much harder to find. The Politwoops websites, which have a rich history of holding politicians accountable for their deleted tweets in over 30 countries, had their access to Twitter’s API revoked on August 21st. Twitter had previously suspended API access for the United States version of Politwoops on May 15th for displaying deleted tweets of U.S. lawmakers.
Close to 50 human rights and transparency groups around the world have signed an open letter in opposition to Twitter’s decision. The letter points out that courts have long held that public officials don’t receive the same treatment for privacy as do private citizens, and that using social media to amplify their political views should necessarily invite public scrutiny.