Twitter Declares That It Will Keep Accounts Of Users Who Have Passed Away
By Yimin Huang, 29 Nov 2019
Twitter first announced on Thursday that it would be deleting old usernames, whereby users who had not logged in in six months would receive an email warning them they may lose their accounts permanently. However, when the news was met with concerns that accounts of dead people would be deleted too, Twitter decided to reverse its policy.
The backlash was immediate after the announcement, as Twitter users were upset that their memories with the dead would be wiped off with the new Twitter policy.
Jason Scott of Archive Team who works to preserve online sites, has dedicated a tweet to preserving the memory of those who died. He called for fellow Twitter users to fill out a form of all the accounts of dead people they would like to be archived.
Scott told BuzzFeed News that the Archive Team has since received approximately 1,500 names.
Even though Twitter has now claimed that it will not be deleting any accounts until a way to preserve accounts of the deceased is found, but Scott is not convinced. He believed Twitter still has the “intent” of carrying out the policy later.
Meanwhile, the Archive Team will continue to archive accounts for the dead, and they have been doing that since years ago.
We’ve heard you on the impact that this would have on the accounts of the deceased. 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.— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) November 27, 2019
Archive Team will make our very best effort to archive these twitter accounts. Take screenshots of tweets that touched you, of course. But we will do our best.— Jason Scott (@textfiles) November 26, 2019
Thanks, Twitter. You know how to celebrate the holidays. Again, the form: https://t.co/rsMBPsXtrR pic.twitter.com/43VsxqHa8s
[via BuzzFeed News, cover image via Sattalat phukkum / Shutterstock.com]
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