Back in August of 2015, Twitter made a very controversial decision: they decided to ban all Twitter feeds of Politwoops, a developer that used Twitter’s API to track deleted tweets from politicians. Twitter said that users have the right to control their own tweets. Politwoops said nope, not when it comes to politicians.
Activists raged. And yes, I was one of them. Twitter has become the platform for revolution, and this action put that in jeopardy. The whole debate was centered on transparency or privacy, and how much privacy a publicly elected official can expect, especially if they are tweeting.
“We have a responsibility to have an open dialogue with you to make sure we are serving you in the best way. We have a responsibility to continue to empower organizations that bring more transparency to public dialogue, such as Politwoops.”
Most agree that Twitter is finally taking a step in the right direction. They’ve struggled for a while now in their relationship with developers. Perhaps that’s the company’s New Year’s Resolution: make some friends.