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An Open Letter to Twitter

Submitted by Robin Messing on Sun, 06/07/2015 - 8:03am
You are doing a disservice to every democracy that requires an informed public to run efficiently.  If Ted Cruz, for example, were to drunkenly tweet, "Obama  is an Islamic Kenyan-born monkey who is destroying the country", don't you think the American public should know about it?   Do you think the American public should be denied that information if Cruz immediately regrets the tweet and deletes it?
Reading politicians' tweets can provide useful information about their thinking and character.  Your policy, whether intended or not, enables them to make their tweets disappear down an Orwellian memory hole.  I understand the reasoning behind letting most users hide their history by deleting regrettable tweets.  But you should make an exception for politicians because of their influence in shaping the well-being of the lives of millions of Americans.  Please allow Politiwoops access to the API that would enable them to recover the deleted tweets of politicians.