Alphabet Inc’s Google announced it plans on Tuesday to remove accounts that are inactive in the past two years starting December.
The tech giant said it the development was taken in a bid to prevent security threats including hacks.
The development follows closely as Elon Musk said Twitter would also remove accounts that have been inactive for several years and archive them, saying that the action is “important to free up abandoned handles.”
According to the firm, accounts and content across Google Workspace, which includes Gmail, Docs, Drive, Meet, and Calendar as well as YouTube and Google Photos, may be deleted if they have not been used or registered into for at least two years.
The change in policy solely affects individual Google Accounts; it does not affect accounts used by corporations or institutions like schools.