From December 11, Twitter will permanently delete inactive accounts that have not been used for more than six months. The behavior will also impact the deceased’s accounts.
In a statement given to The Verge, Twitter said on Tuesday that it is working to clean up inactive accounts as part of its effort to serve the public discourse and provide more reliable, trustworthy information that people across the internet can trust.
“Part of this effort is encouraging people to actively log-in and use Twitter when they register an account, as stated in our ‘Inactive Accounts Policy’.
“We have begun proactive outreach to many accounts who have not logged into Twitter in over six months to inform them that their accounts may be permanently removed due to prolonged inactivity,” said Twitter.
Any account that hasn’t signed in for more than six months will receive the Twitter alert before the micro-blogging platform takes the action.
“We do not currently have a way to memorialize someone’s account once they have passed on, but the team is thinking about ways to do this,” the spokesperson was quoted as saying.
“More on Twitter’s action on inactive accounts. The company is clawing back accounts that have been inactive for more than six months. This is likely a very large number. Inactive user hasn’t logged in. Seeking clarification on what happens to useful/fun bot accounts,” Dave Lee tweeted.