As Twitter prepares for a massive cleanup of inactive accounts, the crypto community urged the company to memorialize the account of legendary programmer and early Bitcoin adopter Hal Finney. Finney, who died in 2014 due to complications of ALS, had his body cryogenically frozen in hopes to be revived in the future.
Some Twitter accounts are worth preserving
In what has now become the biggest cleanup in the platform’s history, Twitter announced that it will be deleting inactive accounts at the beginning of December. The company said the move is designed to improve credibility by removing dormant accounts and encourage people to actively use the platform.
The company’s initiative highlighted a very important issue—the status of accounts whose owners have passed away. Unlike Facebook, which offers users a possibility to freeze and keep the account of a deceased user, Twitter’s current policy doesn’t leave any option to access such accounts.
This led the often vocal crypto community to protest the decision, saying there were some historically important accounts that are well worth preserving.
Dozens of crypto users urged Jack Dorsey, the founder and CEO of Twitter, not to delete the account of Hal Finney, one of the most influential people in crypto. Finney’s account, as many pointed out, contained historical tweets about Bitcoin’s beginnings.
An important part of Bitcoin’s history
Apart from being one of the few places where Finney’s online presence remains untouched, Jameson Lopp, a Bitcoin developer and the CTO of Casa, said out that memorializing the account would allow Finney to access it again.
A veteran of cryptography and one of the first adopters of Bitcoin, Finney is considered one of the most important figures in the crypto industry. His work on debugging Bitcoin’s original code shaped the cryptocurrency into what it is today.
Finney’s quest to preserve privacy led him to co-create Pretty Good Privacy (PGP), the first freely available strong…