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Twitter To Halt Removal Of Inactive Accounts And Instead Create A Way To Memorialize Deceased Users Accounts

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A day ago, Kenya Insights run a story that popular Social Media platform Twitter would delete accounts which had been inactive for more than six months, Twitter has since decided to halt the process due to customer feedback.

After the initial announcement, people immediately raised the possibility of losing access to the old accounts of friends, partners, family members, celebrities, and other influential Twitter users who’ve died.

In a series of tweets, Twitter Support has clarified they have always had an inactive account policy that was not implemented. “This impacts accounts in the EU only, for now. We’ve always had an inactive account policy but we haven’t enforced it consistently. We’re starting with the EU in part due to local privacy regulations (eg, GDPR).”

The decision to halt the process came after a user,  Adam. reached out and asked Twitter to stop removing accounts before considering the possibility of memorialising deceased peoples accounts. In a heartfelt tweet, Adam explained how his late partners tweets reminded him of his partner’s thoughts, memories and feelings.

Responding to the tweet, Twitter support acknowledged the impact deleting accounts would make and decided to first find a way to memorialize the accounts of the deceased.

More updates to follow.

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