Twitter CEO Elon Musk has announced that the social media platform will be removing accounts that have been inactive for several years. In a tweet on Monday, Musk said that the action is “important to free up abandoned handles.” It is not yet known when the process will begin.
Inactive Accounts Will Be Archived
In a separate tweet, Twitter’s billionaire owner said that inactive accounts will be archived. It is unclear how users will be able to access these archived accounts. Musk also warned that users on the platform could see a drop in their follower count, as several inactive accounts might get removed.
Twitter’s Policy on Inactivity
Twitter’s policy states that users must log in to their account at least once every 30 days to avoid permanent removal due to prolonged inactivity. Musk’s announcement suggests that the company will be enforcing this policy more strictly in the future.
Musk’s Other Twitter-Related Plans
Earlier this month, Musk threatened to reassign National Public Radio’s Twitter account to another company after the broadcaster stopped posting content in protest against a Twitter label that implied government involvement in its editorial content. Musk has also made account verification a part of Twitter’s Blue subscription, which he believes will help tackle the issue of bot accounts on the platform.
In conclusion, Twitter users should be prepared for some changes in the near future as the company starts to remove inactive accounts. While this move may result in a drop in follower counts for some users, it should also help to free up abandoned handles and ensure that Twitter’s policy on inactivity is being enforced.