The mass deletions will take place over the course of several months, rather than millions of accounts all disappearing on the same day, and the first batch of removals will involve accounts registered outside of the US. Twitter will start culling them in batches starting December 11.
Why it matters: There are plenty of Twitter accounts on the platform whose owners, for one reason or another, never use them. Twitter says the move is to ensure that all users have agreed to its new privacy policies. And to help with that, the company wants to encourage people to actively log-in to their account after they register an account.
"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", the firm said. As Twitter has no way of memorializing account - unlike Facebook - there is concern from relatives of deceased users that precious memories will be lost forever.
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In order to boost credibility, the US-based firm said it would also yank-off dormant accounts from people's follower count. "Not all signs of account activity are publicly visible", Twitter states in its guidelines.
Twitter determines inactivity based on a user's login habits. But in this case, the company has created a clear deadline; affected users will have until December 11 to sign in, according to BBC reporter Dave Lee, who first tweeted about the news.
I'm sure at some point, you signed up at a social media platform only to realise your ideal username is already taken by someone how hasn't posted anything since 2009. If a username you would like is being used by an account that seems inactive, you should consider selecting an available variation for your use on Twitter.