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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Jim McDermott (D) @RepJimMcDermott

Congrats to my friend Barney Franks. If he marries before retiring, he'll be first congressman in a same sex marriage: http://t.co/6Ip2PPmT

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D) @SenStabenow

Stabenow Congratulates State Of Michigan On 175th Anniversary Of Statehood http://t.co/2uVIpvog #Mich175

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D) @SenStabenow

Michigan Tells Her Colleagues Why Michigan Is The Best State in the Country http://t.co/2uVIpvog #Mich175

Ed Markey (D) @SenMarkey

@Google -ing like breathing 4 teens –they cant live w/o it. Users shld b able 2 say no 2 sharing info #DataPrivacyDay http://t.co/H1pyI95b

Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D) @RepAnnaEshoo

RT @Swiftstories: Apparently unhappy with the public reception to its new privacy policy, #Google gets a little snippy: http://t.co/qFUwUd08

Gary Peters (D) @SenGaryPeters

Pres #Obama thanks for coming to Michigan to make college more affordable and accessible. My op-ed in @freepopinion http://t.co/JEepSHtN

Gary Peters (D) @SenGaryPeters

Pres #Obama-thanks for coming back to Michigan to make college more affordable and accessible-My op-ed in @freepopinion http://t.co/JEepSHtN

Rep. Hansen Clarke (D) @RepHansenClarke

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I'm with @arneduncan @stabenow & Mark Bernstein getting ready to listen to @BarackObama remarks at @umich

Kathy Hochul (D) @RepKathyHochul

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After Defense Secretary Panetta yesterday made an announcement detailing defense budget cuts, Congresswoman... http://t.co/t494iumU

Kathy Hochul (D) @RepKathyHochul

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I urge all fire departments in the 26th District to apply for funding under the Staffing for Adequate Fire and... http://t.co/1ooiXw58

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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.

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