Politwoops Deleted Tweets from Politicians

An archive of the public statements deleted by U.S. politicians. Explore the tweets they would prefer you couldn't see.

To meet the Twitter API Terms of Service, all deleted tweets shown here since June 22, 2012 have been reviewed and approved by the Sunlight Foundation.

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Barbara Lee (D) @BLeeForCongress

RT @LbrtyNews: @BLeeForCongress Please share this White House petition to bring troops home from #Afghanistan https://t.co/YdfzHo1p

Rep. Xavier Becerra (D) @RepBecerra

I’m proud to cosponsor @RepJerryNadler's Respect for Marriage Act. #LGBT #equality

Cheri Bustos (D) @CheriBustos

Twitter friends - To better stay in touch with me regarding my official duties as your Congresswoman please follow @RepCheri

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Jose E. Serrano (D) @RepJoseSerrano

Thanks to Pedro Diaz for his video of my statement regarding the political status of Puerto Rico.http://t.co/wh4m4Tah @pedrodiaz_pnp

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Obama Inauguration (D) @obamainaugural

Politwoops no longer follows this account.
.@Sebelius2016 pitches in at @dcck for the National Day of Service. #iserve http://t.co/dfw9Ui3C

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Barack Obama (D) @BarackObama

RT @sara_ela: Inspired by the energy at the #OFAlegacy conference. Find us online: http://t.co/YOsHfnC5.

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On June 3, 2015, the Sunlight Foundation received word from Twitter that it was pulling the plug on Politwoops, reversing an agreement made in 2012 that allowed us to run the project using its API. The last deletions we have archived are from May 15, 2015. Please read our 'Eulogy for Politwoops' for more detail.

While we may no longer be able to publish deleted tweets, we're still working hard to advocate for more and better open data and to create tools that promote transparency and hold our government accountable.

Get the archive data file.