In June of last year, Twitter managed to shut down Politwoops, a project that archived the worst of the worst of politicians’ tweets. As expected, the move didn’t sit well with many in a time where transparency in everything has been essential. One of the social network’s first moves in starting off 2016—or ending 2015—Twitter has decided to work with two organizations in bringing back Politwoops.
The two organizations that will work with Twitter are The Open Slate Foundation and The Sunlight Foundation. The Open Slate Foundation archived politicians’ tweets as well and had 31 of its accounts that allowed for the project to do so shut down in August and the Sunlight Foundation was behind Politwoops.
At the time Twitter said that it agreed that holding politicians responsible was a cause worth taking up in the name of transparency, but that the company was responsible for protecting users’ privacy. During October’s Flight Conference Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey later expressed the company’s opinion on the subject and the importance of Politwoops.
“We have a responsibility to continue to empower organizations that bring more transparency to public dialogue, such as Politwoops,” said Dorsey.”We need to make sure we are serving all these organizations and developers in the best way, because that is what will make Twitter great. We need to listen, we need to learn, and we need to have this conversation with you.”
No definite date has been set for Politwoops’ return, but it should be very soon given the election season will pick up between now and November.