Not all tweets are deleted equally. Politicians’ trashed tweets can have a second life. Derek Willis runs Politwoops for the nonprofit investigative journalism operation ProPublica, and he retrieves politicians’ and candidates’ scrubbed tweets to give us a better glimpse into their online selves. President Donald Trump is one of the world’s best-known tweeters, and he’s been known to delete his now and again. Some elected officials’ deletions are typos; others can be more substantive, and Willis makes the case that those 140-character bits the political tweeters decided they didn’t want us to see can be as revealing as the ones they did.
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