To free up usernames, Twitter will delete over 1.5 billion dormant accounts.

In order to restore the availability of identities or handles on the network, Twitter intends to erase 1.5 billion dormant accounts, according to a tweet from owner Elon Musk. According to reports, inactive accounts with no tweets attached would be the ones that are terminated. According to Musk, the action will free up platform “name space.”

The 1.5 billion accounts on Twitter will soon start getting their name spaces back.

— Elon Musk, December 9, 2022 (@elonmusk)

In November, Elon Musk said that accounts that had been inactive for 15 years will be erased. This fulfils a previous commitment he made to delete inactive accounts from Twitter. How long an account must be dormant before being marked for deletion is presently unknown. Additionally, Musk has mentioned that inactive accounts that have been inactive for more than a year might also be targeted.

In a different tweet, Musk also mentioned that Twitter is working on a system that will notify users if their tweets have been censored through the technique of “shadow banning,” and that users will have the option to challenge the ban if they are informed. He also disclosed that Twitter is developing software that will enable users to see their actual account status.

Regarding shadow banning, Elon Musk published the second edition of the “Twitter Files,” in which he levelled fresh accusations against the former Twitter CEO and other employees.

The Twitter Files: Second Part! the following link: bH9UiTSEK2

— Elon Musk, December 9, 2022 (@elonmusk)

According to the “Twitter Files 2,” a hidden committee at Twitter made contentious decisions without consulting the company’s then-CEO Jack Dorsey, including shadow banning well-known users. The Free Press’s founder and editor, Bari Weiss, said that the secret group also comprised Vijaya Gadde, the head of legal, policy, and trust, Yoel Roth, the global head of trust & safety, and later CEOs Jack Dorsey and Parag Agrawal. In the past, Twitter has denied using this tactic.

Twitter also intends to introduce additional controls for advertisers as early as next week, according to a Reuters story. Companies will be able to use these restrictions to stop their adverts from being displayed above or below tweets that contain specific keywords.

In an effort to increase the accountability and openness of its platform, Twitter is adding additional rules for advertisers. This comes in response to reports from civil rights organisations that since Elon Musk bought the site in October, hate speech has increased on it.

With the new controls, businesses can stop their advertisements from showing up next to tweets that contain specific keywords. The purpose of the action is to reassure and win back sponsors who have removed their advertisements from the site.

Christopher Woodill

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