Published: Thu, November 28, 2019
Tech | By Anita Cain

Twitter to Remove Accounts Inactive for Over 6 Months

In a thread today detailing their new thinking around inactive accounts, Twitter explained that its current inactive account policy has actually always been in place, but that they haven't been diligent about enforcing it.

"As part of our commitment to serve the public conversation, we're working to clean up inactive accounts to present more accurate, credible information people can trust across Twitter", the company said in a statement.

Twitter went on to say that it might expand or refine its inactive account policy to ensure it works with global privacy regulations, but will be sure to communicate these changes broadly before they go into effect.

The Verge reports that Twitter will deactivate the accounts on December 11 and the move will only affect users who haven't signed in at all in the past six months.

These accounts will not be deleted right after 11 December, as told to The Verge, this "will happen over many months - not just on a single day".

One of the Twitter users, Terence Eden, also tweeted saying that he has started getting the warning email.

MailOnline reached out to Twitter regarding the possibility that it might archive posts of deceased users before deleting accounts but has not yet received a response.

ELECTRONIC SULKING FORUM Twitter has announced an unprecedented cull of dormant accounts, as it frees up some tasty Twitter handles that you wish you'd thought of first.

The company said it might "broaden" enforcement of its inactivity policy to honor rules in other areas, but promised to notify users if it took that route.

In order to boost credibility, the US-based firm said it would also yank-off dormant accounts from people's follower count.

I'm sure at some point, you signed up at a social media platform only to realise your ideal username is already taken by someone how hasn't posted anything since 2009.

In any case, it seems like you might not have to wait too much longer to snatch up some old usernames.

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