The social network said it now would not remove accounts until it had a process for "memorialising" dead users on the network. It admitted not having a policy in place was a "miss on our part”.
The social media platform said it was taking action on inactive accounts due to regulatory concerns and once it had a full process in place, account deactivations would occur anew starting with the EU first. According to Twitter, the decision to initially focus on the EU is due to the need to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
"We apologise for the confusion and will keep you all posted," the company said in a series of tweets posted on Wednesday.
We apologize for the confusion and concerns we caused and will keep you posted.— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) November 27, 2019
Other networks, such as Facebook, offer a process called "memorialisation", whereby verified family members or other loved ones can request that a deceased user's account be kept on the network but frozen in time. Interactions with the account are limited in order to help prevent illegal abuse.