The Washington post reported Monday that Twitter has quietly stopped accepting comments on tweets from people who are “inactive” on the platform.
In its previous policy, Twitter allowed “in-active” users to leave comments on any tweet, including those that were deleted, with the caveat that comments could not be “promoted, reposted, shared, republished, or otherwise shared.”
But Twitter has now decided that comments are no longer allowed.
Twitter says it will instead accept the content of tweets in the form of “advertisements” that it has begun to allow for its “inactivity” users.
The company says that while it doesn’t have “specific numbers,” it says it’s increasing the number of ads that it will accept on its site.
Twitter also says it is adding a feature to allow people to “re-enable” inactive Twitter accounts, so that they can continue to comment on tweets they have not seen in a while.
Twitter is also offering new tools to help its inactive users who are still active in the platform, including a tool to automatically re-enable accounts when they are not active.
The social media company has been under fire in recent months for not doing enough to keep its users from sharing “fake news” or promoting conspiracy theories about President Donald Trump.
On Monday, the company was also accused of making misleading claims about how it manages accounts that have been inactive for years.
The Washington Free Beacon reported that the company has a long history of mismanaging its account retention process.
Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.