Twitter Pauses Plan to Delete Inactive Accounts Due to Public Outcry


Twitter recently announced that it has paused its plans to delete inactive accounts. The announcement on the pause of its plans surrounding inactive accounts follows public outcry against the move. After the social network announced its initial plan, they received feedback from its users who weren’t too happy about the decision. Many users complained that the social network will be eliminating posts from some deceased users. They complained that they will effectively clear out inactive legacy accounts.

Twitter Pauses Plan to Delete Inactive Accounts Due to Public Outcry

Based on the public outcry the social network has received, the social network has put the plan to delete inactive accounts on pause. They announced that they will be pursuing a mechanism for ‘memorialising’ deceased members to keep their memories alive. Their new plan falls in line with what rival networks such as Facebook are already doing. Social networks like Facebook are already offering a memorialization service for families wishing to maintain limited access to the frozen accounts of loved ones.

Twitter Announces Plans to Delete Inactive Accounts

Twitter made the initial announcement to delete inactive accounts because the social network has been pushed to deal with huge volumes of dormant and inactive accounts as a consequence of tighter General Data Protection Regulation. This protection regulation places the onus of responsibility on Twitter to manage archive content. As a result of the responsibility placed on the social network, they warned that it would delete all users who hadn’t logged in over the past six months for its sweep and threatening to remove anyone who didn’t agree to its latest privacy policy but neglected to consider the impact on those unable to do so.

Twitter Speaks on Pausing the Plan

Twitter made an official announcement that confirms its change in plans. The social network stated “Beyond complying with GDPR, we may broaden the enforcement of our inactivity policy in the future to comply with other regulations around the world and to ensure the integrity of the service. We will communicate with all of you if we do.”


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