The Twitter Purge was swiftly approaching. Inactive users who wanted to survive it initially had to log in before Dec. 11, according to BBC News. The social media giant was planning to delete accounts that have been inactive for six months or more – and many active users were in danger of losing followers.
However, after receiving much feedback about deleting the accounts of deceased users, Jack and team have said they will delay the purge until they can figure out how to memorialize accounts.
“We’ve heard you on the impact that this would have on the accounts of the deceased. This was a miss on our part. We will not be removing any inactive accounts until we create a new way for people to memorialize accounts,” the company tweeted.
There was an outpouring of users who expressed their gratitude for Twitter’s reconsidering their move.
“Thank you! Thank you for listening! Thank you for treating this matter with sensitivity and respect! It means a lot to so many!” one user wrote. “thank you so much on hearing us out, it means a lot that we get to keep memories here,” tweeted another.
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The proposed purge would have been the first time Twitter has deleted accounts on such a large scale. While they they are not going through with the purge, they did say they will enforce their inactive user policy more strictly.
“Beyond complying with GDPR, we may broaden the enforcement of our inactivity policy in the future to comply with other regulations around the world and to ensure the integrity of the service. We will communicate with all of you if we do,” Twitter added and apologized “for the confusion and concern” they caused.