Twitter will start deleting user accounts that have been inactive for more than six months, unless used before the December 11 deadline.
The deletion will include those who died, unless a relative or other person can access the deceased’s account.
It is the first time that Twitter proceeds to delete inactive accounts on such a large scale. As announced, it does so because inactive users de facto cannot agree with its new privacy regulations.
Furthermore, according to a Twitter representative, this will improve its credibility, since by reducing the number of inactive accounts that appear as ”followers”, a user will cease to feel unnecessarily important. He denied that the initiative was taken to ”release” user names (usernames).
The deletion process will be gradual and will begin with accounts outside the US, according to the BBC. Twitter has sent emails to account users who will be affected by the deletions, and will send new messages when the deletion date approaches.
However, Twitter has not yet revealed how many accounts have met the deletion criteria so far, but it is estimated to be a few million.
Deletion will not change anything in the number of users the social networking platform periodically announces, as this includes only active daily users. According to the latest September data, Twitter has about 145 million that use it at least once a day.
Also, for deletion, there are accounts created for archival reasons, such as the @POTUS44 which is a collection of ”tweets” made by President Barack Obama during his term.
Finally, automated accounts (bots) will be affected as long as their owners do not log-in until December 11.