Twitter plans to remove and archive inactive accounts

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Elon Musk has announced plans to remove Twitter accounts left dormant for “several years”.

Mr Musk, who took over the social-media platform in October, said it was “important to free up abandoned handles”.

The move has been criticised online, as people feared losing access to accounts of relatives who had died.

But Mr Musk hinted this may be avoided, as old accounts would be archived rather than deleted.

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One person asked about accounts of celebrities prominent on Twitter before they died, including chef Anthony Bourdain.

Another mentioned tweets that may hold historical value, such as those from victims of tragedies.

Some have called for a way to request accounts be memorialised.

But others suggested idle accounts should be automatically archived to free up the usernames.

Twitter’s inactive-account policy says, users must log in at least every 30 days and accounts “may be permanently removed” if left dormant.

But as recently as April 2023 the policy said users only needed to log in every six months, according to the Internet Archive, which takes snapshots of web pages.

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