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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Lacy Clay (D) @LacyClayMO1

@Ferguson much better than this, looting and lawlessness will not bring justice for Michael Brown, be peaceful, be prayerful #seekingjustice

Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D) @RepJoeKennedy

My grandma is a tough lady to say no to, Mr. President... http://t.co/1LRnxQgduA

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Dan Malloy (D) @DanMalloyCT

Congrats to the Middlebrook students who read about 6,000 book as part of Dan’s Summer Reading Challenge! http://t.co/R8PSBC2NGP #CTProgress

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Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D) @RepJoeKennedy

i'll give you an extension! end of wk? MT @jaketapper: was covering Israel/Gaza when you issued me the #IceBucketChallenge. did it expire?

Jared Polis (D) @jaredpolis

Paying my respects to Robin Williams at 1619 Spruce http://t.co/6L2kCuInPT

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The White House (D) @WhiteHouse

RT @Interior: "If it isn't God's backyard, then he certainly lives nearby." - Robin Williams on @GlacierNPS. RIP http://t.co/IUOUd0KhkC

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Jared Polis (D) @jaredpolis

Paying my respects to fictional bouldering Mork at 1619 Pine http://t.co/qFTNvlmK9t

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Gwen S. Moore (D) @Gwen4Congress

On the eve of Election Day, I wanted to take a moment to offer my deepest thanks to my outstanding volunteers and... http://t.co/6z2jwzMpOw

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Erin McClelland (D) @ErinforPA

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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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