Data Set Twitter Town Hall

Published on June 25th, 2015 | by Joshua New


Revealing Political Redactions

The Sunlight Foundation, a nonprofit organization that advocates for open government, has published a complete archive of Politwoops—a program that recorded the deleted tweets of political figures in the United States. The Sunlight Foundation ran Politwoops since June 2012, removing low-value deleted tweets, such as those politicians deleted because of typos, and making this information publicly available. However, Twitter rescinded permission for the Sunlight Foundation to maintain the service on June 3, 2015. The 15,500 row dataset catalogues every tweet caught by Politwoops while the service was active and pairs this information with the tweeting politicians name, political party, state, and title.

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Joshua New is a policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He has a background in government affairs, policy, and communication. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Joshua graduated from American University with degrees in C.L.E.G. (Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government) and Public Communication. His research focuses on methods of promoting innovative and emerging technologies as a means of improving the economy and quality of life. Follow Joshua on Twitter @Josh_A_New.

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