Twitter Reverses Decision To Delete Hal Finney And Other Inactive Accounts

December 2, 2019 / by Crypto.IQ

Twitter recently announced that they would be deleting all counts that had 6 months of inactivity as of December 11. The reasoning for this was that users who cannot sign in would not be able to agree to Twitter’s updated terms of service and privacy policy.

This announcement caused an immediate uproar in the crypto space, especially since Hal Finney’s account would have been deleted. Finney was one of the most important early Bitcoiners, having spent months directly collaborating with Satoshi Nakamoto to optimize Bitcoin (BTC), and was one of the first people to download Bitcoin (BTC) and run it. Indeed, there is a tweet from Finney only a week after Bitcoin (BTC) was released to the public that said he was running Bitcoin (BTC), at a time when Bitcoin (BTC) was extremely obscure.

https://twitter.com/halfin/status/1110302988

This historical tweet, and all of the other historical tweets from Finney, would have been permanently deleted if Twitter followed through with their decision.

Aside from Finney’s tweets, there are plenty of other historical Bitcoin (BTC) tweets from when Bitcoin’s (BTC) price was less than $10, and it is possible many of these would have been lost as well. Essentially, since Bitcoin (BTC) is digital, its history is stored within the internet, and all inactive accounts on Twitter being deleted would have wiped out a significant fraction of the crypto space’s history.

Ultimately Twitter decided they would not be deleting any inactive accounts until there was a method in place to memorialize the accounts of people who are deceased, much like the system that Facebook already has in place.