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Technology Twitter will start deleting inactive accounts in December

01:50  27 november  2019
01:50  27 november  2019 Source:   engadget.com

Twitter will remove inactive accounts and free up usernames in December

  Twitter will remove inactive accounts and free up usernames in December No exact date for when usernames will be available“As part of our commitment to serve the public conversation, we’re working to clean up inactive accounts to present more accurate, credible information people can trust across Twitter. 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,” a spokesperson told The Verge by email. “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.

Twitter is notifying users that it'll start removing accounts that haven't signed in for at least six months. It'll begin the purge after December 11th, although a Twitter spokesperson stressed that the You don't have to post to keep an account , so don't worry about having to pretend to be active .

Twitter said it will delete the accounts of inactive users on December 11. It's unclear when Twitter said it will delete the accounts of inactive Twitter users next month, making some desirable The platform has already started to email users to notify them that their account is at risk of being deleted .

If you haven't been using Twitter lately but don't want someone to grab your username, you might want to sign in shortly. Twitter is notifying users that it'll start removing accounts that haven't signed in for at least six months. It'll begin the purge after December 11th, although a Twitter spokesperson stressed that the account closures will take place over "many months" -- you won't see legions of usernames become available on December 12th. You don't have to post to keep an account, so don't worry about having to pretend to be active.

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The company explained the clean-up as part of an effort to "present more accurate, credible information" that people can rely on. While it didn't elaborate on what that meant, this could help you find the users and tweets you're looking for instead of having to wade through a sea of quickly-abandoned accounts. This could also make it harder for porn merchants and propagandists to hijack accounts for the sake of spam.

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Twitter will begin deleting accounts that have been inactive for more than six months on 11 December . The cull will include users who stopped posting to the That said, previously unavailable usernames will start coming up for grabs after the 11 December cut-off - though Twitter said it would

In an effort to declutter their space and free up usernames that might get some use otherwise, Twitter will begin removing inactive accounts in December . The social media platform sent out an email to users who have not logged in for six months, warning that their account was in danger of being junked.

This could help if you're frustrated that someone grabbed a coveted username years ago. However, there may be a significant downside for anyone who can't sign in. The deceased, people in extended hospital stays and others might lose their accounts, and thus their entire post histories. You might not revisit a loved one's post history without delving through archived pages. This could also pose problems for well-known accounts that have fallen silent but still have some cultural value.

We've asked Twitter if it can elaborate on how it will handle idle accounts. It's safe to presume there will be many people hunting for newly liberated usernames in December, though. If you've coveted a username for a long time, you'll want to watch closely in case it opens up.

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Twitter won't be removing inactive accounts after backlash over profiles of dead users .
Social networking site Twitter initially said it would be wiping accounts that hadn't been accessed within the past six months. The cleanup was set to happen Dec. 11.On the surface, it was a good idea because the purge would free up coveted usernames that were held up by inactive users. Typically the only way to get a username from someone is through a trademark case.Target Cyber Monday 2019: Deals on iPads, AirPods, and moreThe proposed move by Twitter also spotlighted the fact that there's no way to memorialize deceased users' accounts.

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