Twitter puts inactive account removal on hold until it can memorialise dead users

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Earlier this week Twitter announced that it will begin notifying users of their inactive accounts (six months or longer) and that they would be removed from the platform if the users did not plan to make use of it anymore.

While that was welcome news for those eyeing an account handle that was otherwise unavailable, the platform may have forgotten one thing – what about the deceased Twitter users whose accounts are inactive?

It was point that was raised shortly after the announcement was made, with the platform responding to international tech sites that it would work to have some plan in place. With the 11th December date set for the removal process, it now looks as if Twitter needs to have a more definitive plan when it comes to memorialising deceased users.

CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted about the situation, with the company then stating that it would put its initial removal plans on hold while it looked for a satisfactory way to honour deceased users on the platform.

While Twitter is still exploring what guise these memorials will take, and indeed what the new date to start removals will be, the company also aimed to offer a bit more clarity in terms of how the removal process will take place. Owing to GDPR, regions in the EU will be the first to undergo the process, with Twitter looking to expand to other regions thereafter.

“We may broaden the enforcement of our inactivity policy in the future to comply with other regulations around the world and to ensure the integrity of the service,” the firm explained. “We will communicate with all of you if we do. We apologize for the confusion and concerns we caused and will keep you posted,” it concluded.

As such your plan to get that coveted Twitter handle might take a bit longer than initially anticipated.

Robin-Leigh Chetty

Robin-Leigh Chetty

When he's not reviewing the latest smartphones, Robin-Leigh is writing about everything tech-related from IoT and smart cities, to 5G and cloud computing. He's also a keen photographer and dabbles in console games.