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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G. K. Butterfield (D) @GKButterfield

I attended the March on Washington as a child with my father on this day 50 yrs ago, and today I’m honored to be... http://t.co/3FHF2ITTkJ

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G. K. Butterfield (D) @GKButterfield

Dr. King and his dream opened the minds of many, but his actions released the chains of discrimination and... http://t.co/OKJwlsqyJ0

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Loretta Sanchez (D) @LorettaSanchez

The struggle for true equality wages on. Every day we must recommit to fulfill the dream for all seekers of justice. #MOW50

G. K. Butterfield (D) @GKButterfield

Dr. King and his dream opened the minds of many, but his actions released the chains of discrimination and... http://t.co/YbIBBc3NoO

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Donald Payne Jr. (D) @RepDonaldPayne

It's unacceptable that it is harder to vote in this country than it is to buy an assault weapon - President Bill Clinton #MOW50

Domenic Recchia (D) @RecchiaCongress

Politwoops no longer follows this account.
Today we mark Dr. King's dream, reflecting on the great progress achieved since and the hard work still ahead.

Gregory Meeks (D) @GregoryMeeks

@BarackObama "because they marched, America became free and fair" #MOW50 #MLKDream50 http://t.co/GoR2kmOZ8f

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Jerry McNerney (D) @RepMcNerney

RT @BarackObama: Because they marched, the Civil Rights Law was passed. Because they marched the Voting Rights Act was signed. #MLKDream50

Eleanor H. Norton (D) @EleanorNorton

RT @kerryeleveld: For any history buff—LGBT or other—this interview with Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton via @JustinCSnow is a must read: http://t.co/NFFlNesU1G

Rep. Alan Grayson (D) @AlanGrayson

How many times did you watch the video of Miley Cyrus twerking? Oh, nevermind, I'll find out from the NSA. http://t.co/EHuYnsuPsm

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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.

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