Elon Musk Says Twitter Will Delete 1.5 Billion Dormant Accounts – Elon Musk, the owner of Twitter, announced on Thursday that the company plans to delete 1.5 billion inactive accounts in order to free up inactive handles, or user names, on the platform. Musk stated that the removals would free up the “namespace” of dormant accounts and added that the accounts that were going to be deleted were “obvious” due to the fact that they had “no tweets” and “no log in for years.”
Some users of Twitter have expressed their displeasure with the fact that dormant accounts may have unusual and desired handles that were taken when Twitter was first starting out. Twitter reported counting 237.8 million of its users as “monetizable daily active users” during the second quarter of 2022. This metric indicates that the users are active on the network and are being served adverts.
The removal of dormant accounts from Twitter is something that Musk has already committed to doing. In November, he made the announcement that accounts that had been dormant for 15 years or longer would be deleted. At this point, the length of time that an account can be dormant before it is flagged for deletion is not known. In October, Musk dropped a hint that inactive accounts that had been sitting idle for more than a year would potentially be at risk.
The request for comment that Insider issued to Twitter outside of normal working hours did not receive an immediate response from the company’s representatives. According to data from Apptopia that was obtained by Insider, usage of Twitter appears to have increased in the weeks after Musk’s purchase of the company. On the first weekend of November, Twitter recorded its highest number of daily active users ever.