In keeping with the spirit of Tweet Compliance, sometimes it is necessary to check the status (i.e., publicly available or deleted/protected) of a large number of tweets. This is possible with GET statuses/lookup but is inefficient, because this method returns the complete JSON of each tweet that is still publicly available. For the purposes of checking the status, all that is needed for each tweet is a true or false. Ideally this would support a higher throughput than GET statuses/lookup.
Our specific use case is updating large tweet datasets used for academic research. In many cases, we would like to remove tweets that have been deleted/protected between the time that the tweets are collected and the analysis is being performed.