Bitcoin fans can rest easy as Twitter has backpedalled on its plans to purge inactive accounts until it can figure out how to memorialize them.
We’ve heard you on the impact that this would have on the accounts of the deceased. This was a miss on our part. We will not be removing any inactive accounts until we create a new way for people to memorialize accounts.
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) November 27, 2019
The furor was sparked yesterday, after Twitter announced its plans to purge unused accounts starting in December.
In response, Bitcoin rewards application Lolli asked Twitter to memorialize Hal Finney‘s account and tweets.
— Lolli 🍭 (@trylolli) November 27, 2019
Finney, who sadly passed away in August 2014, was a well-known computer scientist and an early Bitcoin adopter.
Finney’s Twitter profile currently boasts 15,000 followers, even though his last tweet was sent on September 15, 2010, several years before he passed away in Phoenix, Arizona due to complications deriving from ALS.
A former developer for the PGP Corporation and a cypherpunk, Finney joined Twitter in October 2007. Then, on January 11, 2009, Finney tweeted saying he was running Bitcoin.
To date, the tweet has been retweeted over 6,000 times and liked by more than 15,000 users.
Finney will forever be part of Bitcoin‘s history and I for one I’m not surprised by the community‘s desire to preserve his memory.