Twitter vows to delete inactive accounts from 11 December_1

Twitter is preparing a huge cull of inactive accounts. If you haven’t logged into your account in the past six months, the powers that be at Twitter will probably get rid of your account.

The social media giant said on 26 November that it would be deleting inaccurate accounts “to present more accurate, credible information people can trust”.

Twitter’s inactive account policy

It forms part of Twitter’s “commitment to serve public conversation,” the spokesperson said, and added that part of that initiative is to encourage people to “actively log in and use Twitter when they register an account.”

Twitter has begun reaching out to account users who haven’t logged in to the site for more than six months to notify them about possible account removal so be sure to check your email.

Twitter’s terms and policies regarding inactive accounts are set out in the Rules and Policies sections of the site’s Help Centre.

“To keep your account active, be sure to log in and Tweet at least every 6 months. Accounts may be permanently removed due to prolonged inactivity.” 

Twitter determines inactivity based on a user’s login habits. All of this happens behind the scenes, as no user is able to tell “whether and account is currently inactive, as not all signs of account activity are publicly visible.”

Twitter’s current policy

At the moment, Twitter only offers to deactivate of a deceased person’s account once a trusted third-party – such as a parent, guardian or next of kin – has proven their identity.

However, the policy states that in no circumstances would Twitter grant access to the account, which would prevent deletion. Some users are also concerned about potentially inactive accounts using their registered trademarks.

I’m sure at some point, you signed up at a social media platform only to realise your perfect username is already taken by someone how hasn’t posted anything since 2009.

If you feel that someone is infringing your trademark rights, you can head over to the social media platform’s trademark policy.

What to do if someone is already using your preferred handle?

With the platform’s new inactive user policy, you might just be able to get that perfect username after all, eventually. But don’t get your hopes up about it.

Twitter makes it clear that users shouldn’t expect Twitter staff to delete accounts simply because you want that specific username.

“We do not generally accept requests for usernames that seem inactive. 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. In general, adding numbers, underscores, or abbreviations can help you come up with an available username.”

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