Twitter management has revised its decision to mass “clean” the social network from obsolete accounts. The reason is numerous complaints from users about the inability to perpetuate the pages of deceased people.
Recall that the administration of Twitter began to send users who have not logged in to their accounts for a long time, notifications of the need to log in before December 11. Otherwise, all accounts whose owners have not logged into them over the past six months will be deleted, and user names will become free.
Deleting inactive accounts should have been a precaution designed to protect them from hacking. However, the company did not think about how to deal with the pages of deceased people whose relatives and relatives do not want to lose their memory. In this regard, the nonprofit organization Internet Archive even offered to perpetuate the memory of the dead by archiving their Twitter pages.
The management of the service immediately responded to the problem and promised to postpone the deletion of abandoned accounts until a way has been developed to perpetuate the memory of deceased relatives and friends.
Representatives of Twitter also clarified that the company has policies regarding inactive accounts, but they are not always applied. In addition, the decision to delete accounts may violate the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
“Along with bringing policies in line with the GDPR, we can also expand the enforcement of our policies regarding inactive accounts in accordance with other laws in the countries of the world in order to ensure the integrity of the service. In this case, we will notify each of you, ”representatives of Twitter said.