To the chagrin of the men and women running for president, Politwoops, the service that archives and tracks politicians’ tweets, is back.
The tracker was created by the Sunlight Foundation and the Open State Foundation.
Colin Crowell, VP of global public policy at Twitter, announced its return on Thursday morning in a blog post. He cited the company’s "responsibilities to developers and users in the areas of government transparency" and referenced CEO Jack Dorsey’s speech at Twitter’s Flight conference in October.
Two months ago, Dorsey said, "We have a responsibility to continue to empower organizations that bring more transparency to public dialogue, such as Politwoops."
Politwoops aggregated politicians’ deleted social media gaffes before it was brought to a halt at Twitter’s behest in August, when it cited "expression of the user’s voice." The service had grown to more than 30 countries and parliaments since its 2010 launch, according to the Open State Foundation.