Elon Musk to remove 1.5 billion Twitter accounts, announces new feature for users’ tweets

Elon Musk will remove 1.5 billion users from Twitter in the coming weeks as well as add a new feature, he said in a series of tweets overnight.

Early Friday morning, Musk tweeted that he would delete 1.5 billion accounts to free up usernames for current users. He also said he would add a feature that would allow Twitter users to see the number of people who are reading or interacting with their tweets.

“Tweets will show the number of views in a few weeks, just like videos do. Twitter is much more alive than people think,” Musk said.

A photo illustration with Elon Musk

A photo illustration featuring Twitter owner Elon Musk. (Getty Images/iStock/Getty Images)

In other tweets, Musk said he would delete accounts that hadn’t logged in “for years” to free up usernames for current users.

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“Twitter will soon begin freeing up the namespace of 1.5 billion accounts,” the Twitter executive wrote.

He added: “These are blatant account deletions with no tweets and no login for years.”

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The changes come as Musk moves the company away from a tool that regulates its users’ speech — for political convenience or otherwise — and toward a free exchange of ideas.

They also come as Musk has revealed a trove of internal documents showing how Twitter executives influenced the platform, suspending users and reducing an account’s or post’s reach to other users.

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Musk dubbed these documents “the Twitter files,” which he shared with Substack journalist Matt Taibbi and journalist Bari Weiss.

The files allegedly show that Twitter’s constant content moderation was decided “at the highest levels of the company, but without CEO Jack Dorsey’s knowledge, with former head of legal, policy and trust Vijaya Gadde playing a key role.”

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