Politwoops makes progress in Latin America

Deleted tweets by politicians in El Salvador, Puerto Rico, Ecuador and Peru recorded, stored and published online

13 MAY 2016, AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
Summary
Politwoops, an archive of public tweets, deleted by politicians has been launched in several additional countries in Latin America. From today, deleted tweets by politicians in El Salvador, Puerto Rico, Ecuador and Peru will be recorded, stored and published via the tool developed by Open State Foundation. Politwoops was already running in Argentina and Chile. In addition to these countries, Politwoops is also launched this week in Oman, Moldava and Poland.

Politwoops, an archive of public tweets, deleted by politicians has been launched in several additional countries in Latin America. From today, deleted tweets by politicians in El Salvador, Puerto Rico, Ecuador and Peru will be recorded, stored and published via the tool developed by Open State Foundation. Politwoops was already running in Argentina and Chile. In addition to these countries, Politwoops is also launched this week in Oman, Moldava and Poland.

Politwoops is the only comprehensive collection of deleted tweets by politicians that offers a window into what they hoped you didn't see. Tweets are normally deleted due to typos and trivial mistakes; however, occasionally politicians delete tweets in an attempt to distance themselves from prior statements. Politwoops has been used effectively in various countries across the world to increase transparency and accountability.

Since 2010, starting in the Netherlands, Open State Foundation, has collected more than 1 million deleted tweets by more than 10,000 politicians in over 30 constituencies, including a number of European parliaments (UK, Germany, France, Spain , Ireland, and members of the European Parliament), Latin America (Argentina, Chile) and helped in 2012 the US-based transparency organization Sunlight Foundation to launch Politwoops in the United States.

‘Politwoops has proven to be an incredibly useful tool for journalists and citizens holding politicians to account, especially during elections’, says Arjan El Fassed, director of Open State Foundation. ‘It has been a source for many journalists and advocates, holding elected politicians accountable for statements they have publicly made.’

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"Politwoops has proven to be an incredibly useful tool for journalists and citizens holding politicians to account, especially during elections. It has been a source for many journalists and advocates, holding elected politicians accountable for statements they have publicly made." Arjan El Fassed, director of Open State Foundation
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