The archive consists of more than 1.1 million deleted tweets by 10,404 politicians, collected in 35 countries and parliaments over the past five years.
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The project was launched in 2010 in the Netherlands and collated tweets from politicians in countries like the US, Egypt, Argentina, Turkey and Greece.
Arjan El Fassed, director of OSF said:
Social networks should take into account international norms about transparency and the right to information. When politicians turn to social networks to amplify their views, they are inviting greater scrutiny of their expression’
The entire collection of tweets in comma-separated values (CSV) format weighs in at 2GB and is available to download directly or via torrent from the Internet Archive.
➤ Open State preserves Politwoops’ history on the net [Open State Foundation Pressroom]