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Should Twitter Delete the Accounts of Dead People?

An anonymous reader quotes SiliconValley.com:

Twitter said Wednesday it is putting the brakes, for now, on a plan to start deleting inactive accounts that was set to begin next month.

Twitter said it would hold back on the plan to clear out accounts that had been inactive for at least six months after hearing from multiple users about whether or not they would be able to access the accounts of deceased family members after the Dec. 11 deadline Twitter had established.

Twitter had already begun informing users that their accounts and usernames were in danger of being deleted if they didn’t log in at least once by Dec. 11. However, less than 24 hours after announcing the new policy, Twitter took to Twitter to say it had changed its plans. “We’ve heard from you on the impact that this would have on the accounts of the deceased,” Twitter said. “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 had originally said they were worried that inactive users couldn’t agree to the recently-updated terms of service. And they’ve also said the move would help them “present more accurate, credible information people can trust across Twitter.”

This raises some interesting metaphysical questions.
Would you want your Twitter accounts to live on forever, even after your death? And should Twitter be allowed to choose a default answer for everyone? Leave your own thoughts in the comments.

Should Twitter delete the accounts of dead people?


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