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    Dean Schafer commented  · 

    This is an important issue for my research as well. I study anti-democratic speech of politicians and public figures; for example, when they call journalists "the enemy" or when government figures condone violence against opposition figures. However, these kinds of tweets tend to get deleted, but only after they've done their harm in the real world. Being able to preserve a record of such dangerous speech is important both for research and accountability.

    One possible solution is to follow the protocols of the already existing IRB process for academic research. The IRB process is designed to protect people who are being researched (for example, if a researcher is doing interviews with a vulnerable population). One advantage of this approach is that this work can be done by universities, as all universities already have staff whose job is to assess risk and approve research.

    According to these academic rules, the speech of public figures is exactly that: public. For public figures, the same level of privacy is not assumed. For that reason, academics, when collecting data on public figures, or conducting interviews, either do not need to apply for IRB approval, or, the process is expedited. Is it possible that some version of IRB approval could be used to facilitate access to deleted tweets?

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    planned  ·  Aurelia Specker responded

    Thanks for your feedback.

    We are currently developing more simple and scalable ways for developers to get back impression and engagement data on their owned content. Check out this space for more information soon.

    More detail is included in our Developer Platform Roadmap: https://trello.com/b/myf7rKwV/twitter-developer-platform-roadmap

    Note that while this work is planned, the engagement solution we are working on may not be immediately viable for research use cases.

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