Twitter product lead says company considering auto-deleting old tweets

Twitter is toying with the idea of auto-deleting old tweets or other methods of addressing users' fears of posting, the company's head of product said on The Verge's podcast, Vergecast.

Kayvon Beykpour was responding to one of the podcast's hosts, Casey Newton, suggesting that tweets go private after existing for a year, citing ever-changing "cultural standards." 

"Fear of speaking in public and fear of retaliation or fear of being harassed and harassment means many different things to many people," Beykpour, who became Twitter's head of product in 2018, replied.

"These are some of the biggest reasons why people don't tweet," he continued. "Which is why we actually take this very seriously."

Beykpour followed up by saying that auto-deleting tweets was one of "many different product solutions."

"We believe that getting people to feel comfortable talking in public is critical," he added.

"There need to be bridges to that mechanic because talking in public is pretty terrifying for most people."

The former CEO and co-founder of Periscope didn't indicate how close auto-deletion or any other kind of product solution was to being implicated across Twitter.

Twitter didn't immediately respond to The Hill's request for comment.