Get ready to lose Twitter followers as Musk promises to remove idle accounts

Another day, another change comes to Elon Musk’s Twitter as the billionaire promises to remove accounts that have been inactive for several years.

On Monday, Musk announced the action in a tweet citing that it was ‘important to free up abandoned handles’.

The CEO of the social media platform added that users would see a drop in follower count, as inactive accounts might get removed.

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

People’s first concern was what would happen to the accounts that belonged to deceased people.

Misogynist internet personality Andrew Tate, echoed concerns saying that he still read his late father’s account daily.

We’re purging accounts that have had no activity at all for several years, so you will probably see follower count drop

In a separate tweet, Musk said that inactive accounts would be archived but did not give any details on when the process would begin.

It’s unclear if or how Twitter users will be able to access archived accounts.

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.

Last month, Twitter performed a promised purge of legacy verified users’ blue ticks after previously announcing the roll-out of a new subscription service for the platform, Twitter Blue, which costs $8 per month.

Account verification is now a part of Twitter’s Blue subscription, a move that Musk believes will tackle the issue of bot accounts on the platform.

While most accounts lost their blue ticks, Twitter handed them back to some high-profile Twitter accounts like Beyoncé, Pope Francis, Oprah Winfrey and former President Donald Trump.

Musk later confirmed that he personally paid for some of the more prominent accounts to have a blue tick.

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