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Twitter clarified its inactive account removal policy. Now there will be some certain parameters for it. Twitter stock price is slightly growing.
After hours of speculations that bordered on the total shutdown of inactive accounts on Twitter, the microblogging service finally decided to shut down inactive accounts but based on certain parameters and in certain regions for now.
It may be too early to speak about the obvious impact of these updates on stocks. At the time of writing this story, the Twitter stock price (TWTR) stood at $31.17 per share which indicates a 0.68% rise within the past twenty-four hours.
Originally though, Twitter has admitted that it has always had an inactive accounts closure policy but that hasn’t been enforced in its entirety although this recent set of announcements is mean to change that as well.
CONFIRMED: Twitter will remove inactive accounts and free up usernames in December https://t.co/eZKY83EBH3
— Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) November 26, 2019
The internet has been abuzz with the rumors of the microblogging service having plans and indicating such to shut down all inactive accounts in order to create a pool of inactive usernames. While this may have been true, the Twitter official support handle sought to clear the air on several issues on the matter.
We’ve heard your feedback about our effort to delete inactive accounts and want to respond and clarify. Here’s what’s happening:
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) November 27, 2019
First of all, the inactive accounts policy will start only in the European Union due to the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Due to the sensitivity of the European authorities to privacy and other rules, the microblogging service will start with those accounts first. Secondly, Twitter hasn’t yet developed a mechanism of memorialization of accounts so the rollback of accounts removal is in place until the development of such a mechanism is complete.
As expected, many users still had a lot of unanswered questions concerning Twitter’s clarifications and this didn’t go down well with some as the European Union has for some time now been enforcing the strict guidelines that surround GDPR. This, of course, indicates the regulation of the internet y governments which has also been a thorn in the side of privacy rights groups globally as well.
While Twitter has been one of the friendlier Social media services, they too have had their own issues that users have complained about as well. The constant lockdown of usernames has created a dearth of creativity which has created a negative impact on the personalization of handles for the users. Once a username has been used on Twitter, it seldom ever becomes available for use again.
Also, it can be difficult for some users to get out of “Twitter jail” also known as suspension. Many users once suspended have a hard time reinstating their accounts. Once reinstated, it’s like such accounts are put on a watch list and once the user is seen to go against Twitters’ terms of service, the user is given the boot.
On the whole, the microblogging service has matured over the years into a quick-impact social media platform that has been able to define events for quite a number of people. The so-called color revolutions were monitored most on Twitter a decade back for instance and other lifechanging events have also made the micro-blogging platform to be in the top three on a global scale.
As to the inactive accounts policy, only time will tell and indicate the social media platform’s seriousness on effecting change on its platform.
It’s also worth mentioning that Twitter regularly updates its policies. Earlier, we have already reported the plans of Twitter to start banning political ads.