Jo Cox’s husband Brendan fears murdered MP’s tweets will be deleted in Twitter clean-up of dormant accounts
- Brendan Cox says there’s a lot on wife Jo’s Twitter ‘we want to keep as a family’
- Labour MP was murdered by far-right extremist Thomas Mair on June 16 2016
- Her last tweet was a re-tweet from People’s Vote UK about the Brexit referendum
- Twitter ‘planning to delete inactive accounts in December to free-up handles’
The widower of murdered MP Jo Cox is worried Twitter could delete her account because it has not been used since her death.
Brendan Cox, 41, urged his followers to help him save his late wife’s account as there is ‘lots on there we want to keep as a family’.
It comes after reports the social networking site is doing a sweep of dormant profiles in December as part of its bid to free up sought-after account names.
Mrs Cox died on June 16 2016 after being shot and stabbed by far-right extremist Thomas Mair, 53, in her Yorkshire constituency.
Her last post was the day before her death, with the Labour MP re-tweeting an article posted by the People’s Vote UK account on the legacy of the Brexit referendum.
Widower of murdered MP Jo Cox (right), Brendan (left) is worried Twitter could delete her account because it has not been used since her death
Brendan Cox, 41, urged his followers to help him save his late wife Jo’s account (pictured together outside Downing Street) as there is ‘lots on there we want to keep as a family’.
The final tweet she posted herself was a picture of her husband Brendan and their two children on a boat in the River Thames.
She wrote alongside it: ‘My hubby @MrBrendanCox & children taking part in the battle of the #Thames – because we’re #StrongerIn #Remain’
Mrs Cox died at the age of 41 on June 16 2016 after being shot and stabbed by far-right extremist Thomas Mair, 53, in her Yorkshire constituency.
A Twitter spokesman said a sweep of inactive accounts will take place on December 11, although this has not been confirmed.
It will delete any user who has not signed in over the last six months, which would mean Mrs Cox’s profile would be deleted.
Twitter told The Verge it has already started to notify those who could be affected.
They said: ‘As part of our commitment to serve the public conversation, we’re working to clean up inactive accounts to present more accurate, credible information people can trust across Twitter.
‘Part of this effort is encouraging people to actively log-in and use Twitter when they register an account, as stated in our inactive accounts policy.’
This would mean inactive accounts would have to be logged into before the deadline.
Rival Facebook gives family members the option to turn the profile of someone who has died into a ‘remembering’ page.
Twitter currently does not have that function. MailOnline has contacted Twitter for comment.
Pictured: Brendan Cox is seen on Good Morning Britain discussing comments made about his wife Jo’s death by Prime Minister Boris Johnson