Nearly 20 organizations write an open letter demanding that the social network restore Politwoops, a tool that captures politicians’ deleted tweets.
A coalition of rights organizations has urged Twitter to reverse a ban on a tool that archives politicians’ deleted tweets, raising the question of what constitutes public records in the digital age.
Earlier this week, the coalition issued an open letter to Twitter, demanding the company restore access to its service for Politwoops, a Web tool maintained by the Netherlands-based Open State Foundation. Politwoops collects tweets that politicians have posted to the social network and then deleted, allowing transparency organizations worldwide to publish them.
“Twitter’s decision holds grave consequences for free expression and transparency around the world,” wrote the coalition, which includes Human Rights Watch, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Canada’s OpenMedia International. The groups said Twitter should consider “the right of people to access to information where it serves the interest of public accountability and transparency.”