Twitter will delete accounts that have been inactive for several years, said CEO Elon Musk in a statement on Monday, adding that the action is “important to free up abandoned handles.”
In a separate post, Twitter’s billionaire owner stated inactive accounts would be archived. Musk did not specify when the process would begin.
It is unclear whether or not Twitter users will be able to view archived accounts.
Musk also stated that the number of followers on the microblogging site may decrease due to the removal of dormant accounts.
According to Twitter’s policy, users must log in at least once every 30 days to avoid permanent removal due to inactivity.
Musk “threatened” to reassign National Public Radio’s Twitter account to another company earlier this month, when the public broadcaster ceased posting information to its 52 official Twitter channels in protest of a Twitter label that implied government involvement in its editorial content.
Twitter deleted the heritage verified blue tick from hundreds of people’s profiles last month, including celebrities, journalists, and notable politicians.
Musk has included account verification in Twitter’s Blue membership, which he claims would address the issue of bot accounts on the social media platform.