Allow academic research on deleted tweets/ suspended accounts
Twitter’s terms of service requires us to delete tweets we have collected when they are removed from Twitter. This makes academic research on certain topics practically impossible, as continually monitoring whether a tweet is still present is unfeasible, and much time could be spent on research that would to be have to have to be abandoned because using the data would violate Twitter’s terms of service. Could an exception requiring the deletion of tweets to the terms of service be made for academic research?
I warmly support this request for an exception: for whose are doing research on disputed issues such as hate speech, racism, political extremism, terrorism, sexual and non sexual harassment the possibility of gathering data from suspended account is an absolutely fundamental issue. I also wonder that Twitter API have been opened to Academic Research as a response over the wave of criticism over the suspension of @realdonaldtrump in January. As far as these tweets are disturbing, and possibly unlegal, they are still important for historians, political scientists, linguists and so on.
Furthermore, It would be also important to retrieve the username that was actually used when tweets are posted, and other information related to a particular account as emoticons, flags and other visual stuff included in the username displayed at the time tweet was sent. As an example, people who are researching QAnon conversations, noted that after Jan 6th assault at Capitol Hill many Q-related accounts have dismissed the identifying simbols they were used to use as means to testify their belonging to Q movement. Some of them indeed replaced usual Q visual paraphernalia (three star, the punisher skull, big Q letters) to embrace new symbols as the bricks.