Twitter’s new unofficial policy cause fans to worry over idols’ inactive or low-frequency accounts

Fans urge idols to make more recent updates on Twitter so that their accounts are not permanently removed due to a new policy.

After Elon Musk took control of Twitter last year, regular and celebrity users are dissatisfied with the introduced policies. Notwithstanding the piling criticism from platform users, Elon Musk recently announced a new policy that may directly affect K-pop communities on Twitter. The tweet reads: “We’re purging accounts that have had no activity at all for several years, so you will probably see follower count drop”. 

Elon Musk recently tweeted about the latest change on Twitter

At present, there has not been any official statement from Twitter about this change. However, fans are already anxious about the future of some K-pop artists’ accounts. More idol groups and artists have been migrating to other platforms such as TikTok or Instagram, and more communication-centered applications such as Bubble, Weverse, and Universe.

Inactive groups are faced with the risk of getting their accounts removed permanently

Moreover, fans are more worried about accounts of groups which have to halt updates due to temporary hiatus, permanent disbandment, or project groups such as Wanna One, I.O.I, or IZ*ONE. Accounts of deceased artists may also be subject to this change. Fans have a strong connection to Twitter as it is a memory vault of their favorite idols from older generations of K-pop. If the policy is realized in the future, a large number of fans will lose a big part of their past.

Elon Musk responded to another tweet that accounts with no activity would only be archived and not deleted

In the hope that their idols’ accounts will not be removed for good, a good deal of fans and users expressed that there should be exceptions to celebrity accounts. Alternatively, Twitter can consider developing a feature to keep past contents in separate spaces. Fortunately, Elon Musk listened to the public this time and replied to another Twitter as follows: “The accounts will be archived”. However, Twitter has not announced any policies regarding accounts with scarce updates.

Source: billboardvn

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