Elon Musk announces Twitter will remove inactive accounts to free up desired usernames


Twitter will purge accounts that have had no activity for several years, Elon Musk said in a tweet on May 8.

Twitter’s ‘inactive account policy’ states that users should log in to their account at least once every 30 days to avoid permanent removal due to prolonged inactivity.

This means the action will free up a number of long-coveted usernames, according to a follow-up tweet by the billionaire.

Musk also added that users on the micro-blogging platform could see a drop in follower count due to disabling of inactive accounts.

Musk has made radical changes to Twitter since taking over the company officially this year.

Earlier this month, Musk ‘threatened’ to reassign National Public Radio’s Twitter account to another company, after the public broadcaster stopped posting content to its 52 official Twitter feeds in protest against a Twitter label that implied government involvement in its editorial content.

Twitter last month removed the legacy verified blue tick from the profile of thousands of people, including celebrities, journalists and prominent politicians.

Musk has made account verification a part of Twitter’s Blue subscription, a move he said would tackle the issue of bot accounts on the social media platform.

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