Elon Musk to remove 1.5 billion dormant accounts from Twitter

| Updated: 09 December, 2022 9:38 pm IST

Twitter CEO Elon Musk on Friday announced that 1.5 billion dormant accounts on the social media platform will be deleted to free up space.

“Twitter will soon start freeing the space of 1.5 billion accounts,” Musk tweeted.

These are obvious account deletions with no tweets & no log in for years, he added to the thread.

This move may affect some of the top influencers on Twitter. They can expect a sheer drop in the number of followers in coming days as 1.5 billion twitter handles will be deleted.

In the second quarter of 2022, Twitter counted 237.8 million of its users as “monetizable daily active users,” a measure that suggests they’re active on the platform and are being shown advertisements.

Musk has previously promised to remove inactive accounts from Twitter. In November, he said accounts that had been inactive for 15 years would be purged.

The move came hours after Elon Musk said, “in a few weeks, tweets will show view count just like videos do. Twitter is much more alive than people think.”

He tweeted, “Twitter is working on a software update that will show your true account status, so you know clearly if you’ve been shadowbanned, the reason why and how to appeal.”

The company will also provide users with an appeal avenue if their posts have been deleted, Elon Musk announced earlier.

This is not the first time the billionaire has expressed displeasure with fake accounts. Musk had earlier put the $44-billion Twitter deal on hold citing concerns over bots.

In September this year before the Twitter takeover, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk hit out at Twitter, saying 90 % of the comments on his tweets are actually bots or spam replies.

“And 90% of my comments are bots,” he said in a tweet.

Musk went after Parag Agrawal-led platform after a top cybersecurity expert claimed that as high as eight in 10 Twitter accounts are fake.

Musk had terminated the $44 billion Twitter takeover deal over the presence of a staggering number of bots on the platform, and sought answers from Agrawal via an open debate.

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