New owner and CEO of the social media company says accounts "with no tweets and no log in for years" will be removed from Twitter.
Twitter will soon begin to remove 1.5 billion inactive accounts, Elon Musk, the new owner and CEO of the social media company, has announced.
"Twitter will soon start freeing the name space of 1.5 billion accounts," Musk wrote on his account on Saturday.
"These are obvious account deletions with no tweets & no log in for years."
The move follows Musk's confirmation in November that he will purge accounts that have not been active in the last 15 years when he wrote: "Please note that Twitter will do lots of dumb things in coming months. We will keep what works & change what doesn't."
He also agreed with a post in October that suggested an account gets deleted if it has been inactive for more than a year.
Musk announced on November 30 that Twitter has begun removing spam accounts — an issue he had strongly raised before buying Twitter for $44 billion at the end of October.
Twitter is planning to delete inactive accounts.— Cobie (@cobie) December 9, 2022
I hope they will leave exceptions for beloved people who have passed away.
If @halfin is automatically deleted in some blanket-rule sweep, it will be extremely sad. Lots of history will be lost with this rule. https://t.co/RLJyyYhMBE
Numbers going up
Twitter's average monetisable daily active usage was 237.8 million in the second quarter, up 16.6 percent compared to the same period last year, according to a financial results statement released on July 22.
"The increase was driven by ongoing product improvements and global conversation around current events," the statement said.
Since taking over Twitter, Musk has been making swift and controversial changes for the social media company, from ending remote work for staff to cutting half of its workforce.