Start deleting accounts that have been inactive for more than six months, unless users log in to their accounts before December 11.
The mass cancellation will include users who have stopped posting messages on the site due to death, but they can be maintained if a third person with the access codes can enter the account.
It is the first time that the social media giant takes measures to eliminate accounts on such a large scale.
Twitter explained that it is because users who have not entered their accounts have not accepted the update of their privacy policies.
A spokeswoman also said it would improve credibility by removing latent accounts from the list of users' followers, a situation that could be giving a user a sense of erratic importance.
The first batch of accounts to be eliminated will include those registered outside the United States.
The company considers an inactive account when the user has not entered it at least once in the last six months. Twitter stressed that the measure is not to release names of users that are already taken on your network, as some have suggested.
However, the names of previously used users will become available after the December 11 deadline. Twitter insists, however, that the process be gradual, with foreign accounts first.
In the future, the company also said to be examining the accounts of people who have entered but "do nothing" on the platform.
The spokeswoman does not abound on the subject, apart from mentioning that the company uses many signs to determine the use by genuine humans, not only if they publish or interact with tweets.
Affected users began receiving these emails starting Tuesday
The site has sent emails to account users who will be affected by cancellations.
The company does not disclose how many accounts are included under those criteria, although they are expected to be millions. Closer to the deadline, send other cancellation warnings.
The mass elimination does not affect the reported number of users on Twitter since the firm only bases those figures on how many users entered their accounts at least once a day.
According to the last revenue report, as of September, Twitter has 145 million "monetizable" users active daily (users who come into contact with advertising on Twitter every day).
"As part of our commitment to serve the public dialogue, we work on clearing inactive accounts to present more accurate and reliable information that people can rely on through Twitter," the company said about the measures to be taken soon.
"Part of this effort is to stimulate people who actively enter (into their accounts) and use Twitter when they register an account, as stated in our inactive account policy."
That means that the accounts of deceased persons will be deleted, unless a loved one or other close person has the access passwords in their possession and can enter to accept the most recent Twitter privacy policies.
According to the current rules, Twitter only allows the deactivation of the account of a deceased user if a trusted third party – a parent, for example – can verify their identity. However, according to these policies, under no circumstances will Twitter grant access to said account, which will prevent its cancellation.
Complaints and clarifications
Unlike Facebook, Twitter does not offer the option of "commemoration", which maintains but freezes the account of a deceased
Without allowing new interactions. It is a measure to prevent abuse.
Following the complaints received, executive director Jack Dorsey had to clarify that the cancellation of accounts only begin in the US. after the implementation of
an option to memorize inactive profiles of deceased people.
As the activity is based on accessing the account and not posting, the "bot" accounts of ghosts – those that automatically launch news tweets or alerts – are also candidates for cancellation if their owners do not enter before the deadline in December.
The same could happen with accounts that have been specifically established as a file, such as
@ POTUS44, a collection of all tweets published by former President Barack Obama when he was in the White House.
. Controversy on Twitter for the intention of canceling disused or inactive accounts – LA NACION