Twitter to remove accounts dormant for ‘several years’

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Micro-blogging site, Twitter, Tuesday, announced that user accounts on the social media platform left dormant will be deleted.

Twitter said account left in active for ‘several years’ will now be deleted.

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It would be recalled that the issue of dormant or fake accounts was the bone of contention in the deal to acquire the company by its current owner Elon Musk, who had demanded to know the actual size of the company he was purchasing.

Mr Musk, who took over the social-media platform in October, 2022, said it was “important to free up abandoned handles”.

However, the move has been criticised online, as people feared losing access to accounts of relatives who had died, even as Musk hinted this may be avoided, as old accounts would be archived rather than deleted.

Twitter’s inactive-account policy says, users must log in at least every 30 days and accounts “may be permanently removed” if left dormant.

However, as recently as April 2023 the policy said users only needed to log in every six months, according to the Internet Archive, which takes snapshots of web pages.

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