Yesterday, Monday, Twitter CEO Elon Musk announced a plan to delete old Twitter accounts that haven’t been active for years.
This step also aims to give up old usernames, but many users of the social network have expressed concern about the move, in how much what will happen to the accounts of people who died?
“We’ll be deleting accounts that haven’t had any activity in the last few years, so it’s likely they’ll see a decrease in follower count,” Musk said in his tweet.
We’re deleting accounts that haven’t had any activity for several years, then you will probably see the follower count drop
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 8, 2023
But Musk’s announcement was met with backlash, with users stating that many sites from social media they are “effective digital graveyards” and have noted that deleting the accounts of their loved ones is “like removing a tombstone”.
Musk has made a number of changes to ‘Twitter’ since he bought the company in 2022, including: the new blue verification flag program that forces users to pay starting at $8 a month for ” authentication”.
Twitter’s new step in deleting old accounts is also thought to benefit Musk’s efforts to boost Twitter’s revenue, especially after The New York Times reported last January that Twitter was considering selling usernames to collect new revenue.
The paper then cited informed sources that Twitter employees held speeches, at least during the month of December, about the sale of some usernames. The engineers discussed running rods online in where people could bid on usernames.
As for unique usernames, they can be lucrative, as early adopters of the platforms social media they often grab them, and some people and brands offer to pay thousands of dollars to get them.
Interestingly, Musk had tweeted in December 2022 that “Twitter” will soon start giving up namespaces for an estimated 1.5 billion accounts, indicating that inactive accounts will be purged as part of this process.
It is also noteworthy that the new step coincides with the announcement that Twitter is studying a new plan to verify the accounts of companies and institutions whose monthly fees do not exceed $1,000.