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Twitter Halts Deletion Plan

There was an outcry over deceased users
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 28, 2019 3:36 AM CST
A sign outside of the Twitter office building in San Francisco.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

(Newser) – The Great Twitter Cull of 2019 is now on hold. The company says it is pausing plans to delete millions of inactive accounts until it has a way for people to preserve the accounts of deceased loved ones, CNN reports. When Twitter announced plans to delete accounts of users who had been inactive for six months or longer, there was an outcry from users including Drew Olanoff, who wrote at TechCrunch that his late father's tweets would be swept away like "crumpled-up paper and junk in a dustbin," reports the BBC. "We’ve heard you on the impact that this would have on the accounts of the deceased," the company tweeted. "This was a miss on our part. We will not be removing any inactive accounts until we create a new way for people to memorialize accounts." (Read more Twitter stories.)

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