Twitter puts inactive account deletions on 'pause' after backlash

  28 November 2019    Read: 1062
Twitter puts inactive account deletions on

Twitter said Wednesday it was putting on hold a plan to delete inactive accounts amid concerns that accounts from deceased users would be swept up in the purge, reports.

The social network said it now would not remove accounts until it had a process for "memorialising" dead users on the network. It admitted not having a policy in place was a "miss on our part”.

The social media platform said it was taking action on inactive accounts due to regulatory concerns and once it had a full process in place, account deactivations would occur anew starting with the EU first. According to Twitter, the decision to initially focus on the EU is due to the need to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

"We apologise for the confusion and will keep you all posted," the company said in a series of tweets posted on Wednesday.

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