Twitter has announced it will be performing a mass deletion of dormant accounts which will result in freeing up user handles.

The social media company will send out emails to holders of dormant accounts warning of the closures. Dormant accounts are classified as those users who have not logged in within the last six months with 11 December being the deadline. 

The company has stated the reason for the cull is to do with the updated privacy policy – those users who have not logged in would not have been able to accept the changes. Twitter has said freeing user handles was just a consequence of the cull but not the main reason. 

Twitter reports their user figures as those accounts that log in at last once a day, so the cull will not affect this. September reports showed that Twitter had 145 million daily active users who see Twitter’s advertisements, so are ‘monetisable’ users.

Twitter commented: “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.

“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.”

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