TWITTER SUSPENDS PLAN TO DELETE INACTIVE ACCOUNTS AFTER UPSET USERS REQUEST TO KEEP THOSE OF THE DECEASED

https://adage.com/article/digital/twitter-suspends-plan-delete-inactive-accounts-after-upset-users-request-keep-those-deceased/2219226

Twitter recently released a statement that they would be taking down inactive accounts in effort to enforce their inactive account policy. However, this upset many users, who had accounts of deceased loved ones in mind. There was an uproar of rebuttal from these users, who want to memorialize the inactive twitter accounts of the deceased, much like Facebook has the ability to do. Twitter responded to the backlash promising they too will come up with a compromise to memorialize said accounts, and they are currently working on a resolution to the problem.

They clarified the reason why they need to enforce their inactive account policy, and that it would be starting in the EU due to local privacy policies Twitter must follow. The Global Data Protection Regulation is the driving force behind the enforcement of this policy, to delete any data they are not using. By cleaning up inactive accounts, Twitter analytics will be able to provide more accurate, credible information derived from data.

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