Social media giant, Twitter will remove accounts that have been inactive for several years, CEO Elon Musk said in a tweet on Monday.
According to Twitter’s policy, users should log in to their account at least once every 30 days to avoid permanent removal due to prolonged inactivity.
The move comes as Musk tries to ramp up engagement, and opportunities to make money, at the online platform he bought for $44 billion last year.
“We’re purging accounts that have had no activity at all for several years, so you will probably see follower count drop,” Musk wrote.
However, a user repllied to Musk’s tweet and said that this might turn out to be a grave mistake as all inactive accounts’ ‘historic’ tweets will be lost. The user added that Musk should ‘reconsider’ before going ahead with this plan.
Responding to the user, Musk wrote that the accounts will be ‘archived’.
In another tweet, Musk wrote that he appreciates people who are supporting content creators on Twitter. He also said that the creators are not charged anything on their earnings for the first 12 months. However, post that, a commission of 10 percent is charged by the platform.
“Your support of content creators on this platform is very much appreciated. We keep none of the subscription revenue for the first 12 months & only 10% thereafter,” the tweet by Musk reads.
Recall that Twitter recently rolled out subscriptions on the platform that allowed users to charge a monthly fee from their followers to consume their content.
The feature can be accessed by clicking on monetization in settings. Last month, Elon Musk had confirmed that Twitter will soon allow publishers to charge their users on a per-article basis. This, according to the Twitter boss, will result in ‘a major win-win for both media organisations and the public’
With introduction of the pay-per-article feature, non-subscribers of a publication will be able to pay for a particular article if they are interested in reading that piece on Twitter.
Explaining the same, Musk had written on Twitter, “Rolling out next month, this platform will allow media publishers to charge users on a per-article basis with one click.
This enables users who would not sign up for a monthly subscription to pay a higher per article price for when they want to read an occasional article. Should be a major win-win for both media orgs & the public.”