Members who neglect their Twitter handles have less than two weeks to post an update or risk deactivation.
“Inactive users” will lose their profiles sometime after December 11.
“The company is clawing back accounts that have been inactive for more than six months, which is likely a very large number,” notes BBC tech reporter Dave Lee.
He is “seeking clarification on what happens to… bot accounts.”
Twitter reps confirmed the move in a statement to TechCrunch.
“As part of our commitment to serve the public conversation, we’re working to clean up inactive accounts to present more accurate, credible information people can trust across Twitter,” the statement reads.
“Part of this effort is encouraging people to actively log-in and use Twitter when they register an account, as stated in our Inactive Accounts Policy. We have begun proactive outreach to many accounts who have not logged into Twitter in over six months to inform them that their accounts may be permanently removed due to prolonged inactivity.”
TechCrunch notes the social media platform “hasn’t done much” to enforce their existing policy on inactive accounts. But now, however, the company has taken an added step of reaching out to “inactive users, prompting them to log in prior to December 11 or risk being deleted.”
The deletion of inactive accounts “will likely take a number of months” and it is unclear when those deleted accounts will become publicly available.