Elon Musk, CEO of Twitter, made an announcement this Monday that will impact millions of users. According to him, Twitter would soon begin purging accounts that have had no activity for years – this may result in significant drops in their follower count and followers.
Twitter’s user policy stipulates that accounts must log-in at least once every 30 days to prevent permanent removal due to inactivity and act as a reminder for their members that staying active on the platform will keep their account active and viable.
Recently, Elon Musk threatened to assign National Public Radio’s Twitter account to another company after they stopped posting content to all 52 of their official feeds in protest over a label that suggested government influence over editorial decisions.
Additionally, the company recently removed legacy verification badges from thousands of profiles of celebrities and prominent politicians, although these badges were later restored on several high-profile celebrity accounts with millions of followers.
Elon Musk has stated that Twitter will soon remove inactive accounts, leading to users experiencing a drop in followership numbers. To prevent permanent removal for inactivity, users are advised to login at least once every 30 days and regularly check their profiles – an action the company recently took before restoring blue ticks for celebrity accounts.