I think another reason is so that Twitter can "black out" everyone else at any time in the future. It's a great (and very selfish and narrow-minded) idea: let the research community publish papers with your data, showing you how to find interesting stuff in your data (using taxpayer money!), and then if at some point you want to black them out, use the kill switch.
I don't think Twitter's owners care that much about reproducible research. ;)
On Thu, Jul 18, 2013 at 9:26 AM, Adam Kilgarriff <adam at lexmasterclass.com>wrote:
> > acts as a barrier to research. Additionally one could argue that
> preventing people from having access to static Tweet corpora
> > undermines doing reproducible research.
> You can argue all you like but it's a bit irrelevant - the data privacy
> battleground is the whole wide world, with hi-tech companies, politicians
> and the media playing for big prizes, and they really won't care one jot
> what us worker ants think (or if they trample us)
> On 18 July 2013 08:55, Miles Osborne <miles at inf.ed.ac.uk> wrote:
>> Basically Twitter's insistence on distributing IDs and not raw Tweets
>> stems from the fact that third parties need to honour deletion requests.
>> If you pass around raw Tweets then there is no way for Twitter to argue
>> that a deleted Tweet is deleted. If instead you force people to recrawl
>> them each time then Tweets can be deleted at source and all subsequent
>> access requests will not return that deleted Tweet.
>> Personally I think this way of distributing Tweets in bulk is not
>> scalable and acts as a barrier to research. Additionally one could argue
>> that preventing people from having access to static Tweet corpora
>> undermines doing reproducible research.
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