Elon Musk’s warns 1.5bn Twitter users ‘post tweets or I’ll delete your account’

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    As one of the main hubs of news and public debate, millions of Twitter users log into the platform to read what's going on⁠—without necessarily ever posting anything of their own.

    However, if you're one of these users, it might be time to start posting tweets.

    That's because Twitter CEO Elon Musk has issued a warning to inactive users on the site, saying that if they don't use their accounts more, they'll lose them.

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    It comes as part of a threat to wipe more than 1.5billion accounts from the site on account of inactivity.

    In a series of tweets, Musk wrote: "Twitter will soon start freeing the name space of 1.5 billion accounts.

    "These are obvious account deletions with no tweets & no log in for years."

    The idea seems to be that, by freeing up inactive accounts, people will be able to reclaim Twitter handles in their name that might have been 'parked' or reserved by bot accounts as a form of account 'squatting'.

    But this could unintentionally wipe out a huge proportion of Twitter's user base.

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    A study released in March of this year suggests as much as half of all US Twitter users are 'lurkers' who post less than five tweets per month.

    These users are more likely to use the platform to 'see what others are saying' rather than express their own opinions.

    It follows tweets by Musk early in December when he said: "I meet so many people who read Twitter every day, but almost never tweet. If I may beg your indulgence, please add your voice to the public dialogue!".

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