Bungie isn't really Bungie anymore and hasn't been the Bungie we've known for a very long time now. This website is more Bungie.net than the real one. As far as private groups being completely erased, none of it is surprising anymore and really, they'd just be doing everyone from the old community a favor at this point, because they're all dead.
They already erased everything Halo related even though they said they wouldn't back in 2021, and the layoffs in general are pretty fucked up. I know most of you will disagree, but in my opinion the old website during the Halo days really was something, and we won't really have anything like that again. At the rate that website is going, I'd rather have them re-enable deleting inactive accounts, since I myself don't even go there anymore. Bungie now more than ever is run by a bunch of yes men, and any of the "loyal fans" that go there now since the Halo days and still support everything Bungie does today are merely cuckolds.