Twitter will remove inactive accounts

TwitterWhy I use Twitter, when none of my family or friends use it – or at least I don’t know about it? Answer is simple. Before few years, I realized that most of developers of apps I’m using are using Twitter. So I created Twitter account @CBC_Raynor – “CBC” stands for Comp-Blog.Com – and followed them all. My Twitter timeline is now great way how to get news and to get support from apps I love. Though I don’t like Twitter Privacy Policy, it’s still way better than Facebook’s, which I only use because some friends just got it and won’t move to Telegram. Facebook’s apps are banned from my devices – I only have Instagram on iPhone.

Twitter, though not as popular as Facebook or Instagram, got many users. And many of them are inactive, which is typical for all social networks. Every social network, like Facebook or even video services like YouTube, got many users which will be inactive after some time or these users will create duplicate, fake or scam accounts. This is a big issue and Twitter decided to clean this mess.

Twitter is sending e-mail to owners of inactive accounts. If these users won’t sign in by December 11th, their account will be terminated and username will be available to register, though there is no exact day when will be terminated usernames available again for any new account:

Hello,

To continue using Twitter, you’ll need to agree to the current Terms, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Use. This not only lets you make the best decisions about the information that you share with us, it also allows you to keep using your Twitter account. But first, you need to log in and follow the on-screen prompts before Dec. 11, 2019, otherwise your account will be removed from Twitter.

This e-mail will be sent to all users which did not sign in in more than 6 months. This process will happen over many months, so don’t expect that your chosen, but registered by other person, username will be available since December 12th.

What about deceased? Will be these accounts removed as part of that process, or will be possible to memorialize these accounts? Server The Verge asked about this. Response from Twitter’s spokeperson:

“We do not currently have a way to memorialize someone’s Twitter account once they have passed on, but the team is thinking about ways to do this.”

If you want to keep your account, but don’t want to tweet anything, it’s simple. Just sign in and follow Twitter’s instructions. You don’t have to tweet anything.

Also, usernames under 5 characters can be no longer registered on Twitter. Existing short-named usernames should work as usual.

Source: The Verge

Update 1st – 02. December 2019: Twitter decided not to delete any accounts yet:

We’ve heard you on the impact that this would have on the accounts of the deceased. This was a miss on our part. We will not be removing any inactive accounts until we create a new way for people to memorialize accounts.

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