In order to boost revenue, Twitter is considered to sell usernames through online auctions; that will let users bid for usernames or handles. Last month, the CEO of Twitter, Elon Musk, tweeted about selling Twitter usernames as inactive users are removed and deleted from the platform. He said; “Twitter will soon start freeing the name space of 1.5 billion accounts.”
Twitter will soon start freeing the name space of 1.5 billion accounts
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 9, 2022
Selling Twitter Usernames Goes Against the Company’s Policy
Although buying and selling Twitter Usernames Goes against Twitter’s username squatting policy, which says that attempts to sell, buy, or solicit other forms of payment in exchange for usernames are also violations and may result in permanent account suspension. But, usernames of interest are widely brought into the open market after fetching thousands of dollars.
As per the details, the engineers at the company have considered organizing online auctions where people can bid for user names. However, the implementation of this idea is still sketchy, and remains to be seen if it will affect all user names or only some of them. The development came after Telegram announced that it will let its users auction their Usernames. Musk is tirelessly working to increase revenue for the company, trying to bring back advertisers which left the platform owing to Musk’s blue tick policy.
Teen Arrested For Selling Usernames
In 2020, an American teen was arrested for hacking Twitter to obtain user names to sell, compromising the accounts of Musk, Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and other celebrities. According to the international media, the teenager imitated a member of Twitter staff to gain access to the company’s networks and worked with two other hackers to complete the heist.