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If you haven't used your Twitter account for a long time, it will soon be deleted

Twitter has announced that it will remove all inactive accounts for over 6 months to free usernames from 11 December. The social network later specified, after the controversies that had been unleashed, that “we will not remove inactive accounts until we create a new way to make them commemorative”. Many users had in fact wondered what happened to the accounts of deceased people. The option that is active on Facebook does not exist on Twitter to transform a profile into a memorial by the heirs

Twitter also explained that the elimination of inactive accounts will primarily concern EU users, due to the need to comply with the new privacy regulation (Gdpr) . The cancellation, which is foreseen by the social policies, could be extended to other States in the future, both to adhere to other national regulations, and to “ensure the integrity of the service”, reads

In the past few hours, Twitter has sent e-mails to inactive account owners with an alert: sign in by 11 December, or your account will be canceled and your username will be available again.

“As part of our commitment, we are working to clean up inactive accounts to present more accurate and credible information that people can trust on Twitter. Part of this effort is to encourage people to actively log in and use Twitter when they register an account, as indicated in our inactive account policy, “a spokesman for technology newspaper The Verge said.

However, the emails sparked controversy, which led Twitter to delay the process.

Here the text of the email: “Hello, to continue using Twitter, you must accept the Terms, the Privacy Policy and the use of cookies. This not only allows you to make the best decisions about the information you share with us, but it also allows you to continue using your Twitter account. But first, you need to log in and follow the instructions on the screen before 11 December 2019, otherwise your account will be removed from Twitter “.


Laura Melissari was born in Reggio Calabria on 7 June 1989. He is a professional journalist since 2016. He has worked for Internazionale and AdnKronos. Per TPI he is in charge of the news desk, and in particular of internal and EU politics


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