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Twitter plans to sell usernames

PublishedJanuary 13, 2023, 08:28 AM

InternetTwitter plans to sell usernames

To increase their income, Elon Musk’s social network can auction the names of inactive accounts.

The @elonmusk username will definitely not sell.

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After the launch of a new paid subscription formula for Twitter, including account authentication, the social network is looking for other ways to generate new revenue. The platform has been considering selling some usernames since at least December last year, according to a Wall Street Journal report. Engineers have discussed running online auctions to offer dormant accounts to the highest bidders. However, it is not known if this plan will be implemented and which accounts will be affected.

Last month, Elon Musk announced that Twitter “soon will begin reclaiming the namespace of 1.5 billion accounts,” noting that these are accounts that have not tweeted and have been inactive for years.

The American newspaper recalls that the terms of use of the social network, which recently restored tens of thousands of accounts, prohibit trading in accounts and usernames, but this does not prevent people from conducting black market transactions. Selling usernames also attracts hackers. In 2020, a teenager was arrested for hacking into a social network in order to obtain coveted usernames and sell them. He has managed to compromise the accounts of public figures such as Elon Musk, former US President Barack Obama, or even the co-founder of former Microsoft boss Bill Gates.

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