It’s time to say goodbye to inactivity Twitter Accounts, CEO Elon Musk said in a tweet on Monday, in yet another evident attempt to bring User back to the platform. The number of active Twitter accounts has steadily declined since Musk took over the platform and made a number of unpopular changes, including change the algorithm of the feed And Removing the blue tick from verified Accounts not paying $8 per month.
Musk announced that IInactive accounts will soon be gone and tweeted, “We’re deleting accounts that haven’t had any activity at all for several years, so you’ll probably see the number of followers drop.” While users expressed disappointment that their number of followers would sink this is not the first time The site has been working to get rid of inactive users.
But some people who lost loved ones expressed concerns that their profiles would be part of the latest so-called flushing. Former pro stepboxer and current noted misogynist Andrew Tate answered while praising Musk’s decision, but added: “…My father passed away and I still read his account daily. Please keep him active.” Tate himself, was removed from Twitter and several other platforms for that, well, too active.
Independent of Tate’s Checkered past with social media, tThe feeling of wanting to preserve the account of a loved one who has since passed away was shared by many other users who asked Musk to at least remember the accounts of the deceased, saying it was something of a time capsule and citing Facebook’s policy of remembering accounts after the person’s death to call.
Musk has not provided additional information confirming how often Twitter will search and remove inactive accounts. According to the company’s inactive account policy, users must log in to the app at least every 30 days if they want their account to remain active. Removing accounts has been part of Musk’s plan since buying the platform last year answered “Definitely” to a user’s request to delete inactive accounts. Musk revisited the issue in December, tweet that the app “will start releasing the name soon Storage space of 1.5 billion accounts.” Earlier this year, Musk was reportedly considering selling usernames to generate revenue, said two people familiar with the matter The New York Times.
Musk’s latest announcement could be an attempt to lure users back to the platform with the promise of unblocking coveted usernames and enticing users to return to Twitter, if only to keep their account active. This is because rival sites have popped up including T2, Mastodon and Bluesky who have done so managed to attract thousands of ex-Twitter user.
In the past, Musk had and did criticize bots as part of his concern for inactive accounts tried to use this as a reason to halt his $44 billion Twitter acquisition. “If our Twitter bid is successful, we will defeat the spam bots or die trying!” Musk tweeted in April 2022. He added, “And authenticate all real people.”