Elon Musk, a new Twitter owner, said Friday that the company will remove and free 1.5 billion accounts that were inactive for several years.
“Twitter is soon going to start releasing 1.5 billion accounts’ namespace. These are account deletions that can be easily seen and which have been in place for many years.
Musk said that the microblogging platform is in the process of letting users know whether their tweets are being suppressed by a process known “shadow bannning” so they can appeal the decision.
He said that Twitter is currently working on an update to its software that will reveal your true account status.
“So you are clear if your appeal has been denied, and why,” he said.
Twitter has been accused by some of its users of suppressing political speech.
The “Twitter Files 2” revealed that the microblogging platform was run by a secret group and made controversial decisions such as “shadow banning” high profile users without informing Jack Dorsey, then CEO.
“This secret group comprised the Head Legal, Policy and Trust, (Vijaya Gadde), and Global Head Trust & Safety, (Yoel Roth), and subsequent CEOs Jack Dorsey and Parag Angrawal, and other,” Bari Weiss, Founder and editor of The Free Press, said in the new “Twitter files.”
Twitter previously denied such claims.
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