Twitter will delete accounts that have been inactive for six months (Updated)


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Update: Twitter has backed down from the plan and confirmed it will not be removing any inactive accounts until it creates a new way for people to memorialize accounts of dead users.

The mass deletions will take place over the course of several months, rather than millions of accounts all disappearing on the same day, and the first batch of removals will involve accounts registered outside of the US. It will include users who no longer log-in because they have passed away.

Twitter said the reason behind the move was to “present more accurate, credible information people can trust across Twitter,” which could be a reference to users’ follower counts. The company added that the removal was also because people who don’t log-in can’t agree to its updated privacy policies, and to encourage “people to actively log-in and use Twitter when they register an account, as stated in our inactive accounts policy.”

Users whose accounts will be affected by the deletions are being emailed and advised to log-in and follow the on-screen prompts or risk losing their accounts.

The news will be welcomed by those frustrated at not being able to grab a desired username taken by an inactive account. Deleting the account of a dead person, though, will likely bring controversy. Currently, it only happens when a trusted third party has proved the deceased's identity. However, the company told Engadget that it’s considering ways to memorialize accounts of the dead, which is what Facebook does.

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TS Evangelist
Ok, aside from deflating the inflated follower count - why do this at all? Twitter's performance is measured by investors at least in part by the number of accounts (and active accounts). Seems counter productive.


TS Booster
About time! I got locked out of my old account a year ago when I lost my two-step backup codes and lost access to my old phone number. I haven't been able to get into that account ever since. This is great! I can't even get in to close it, and obviously Twitter won't take my word for it. I'm glad they are doing this.

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