Twitter to Remove Photos of the Deceased

Twitter logoIn the age of social media, it seems inevitable that our online profiles will outlive us. Of course, when someone passes away, a family member is left with the responsibility of dealing with such matters. Recently, Twitter announced that it would handle the task of removing photos and videos of deceased loved ones at the family’s request.

However, there will be some restrictions. In a tweet, Twitter spokesman Nu Wexler said, “When reviewing such media removal requests, Twitter considers public interest factors such as the newsworthiness of the content and may not be able to honor every request.”

The decision follows the high profile death of actor Robin Williams, whose daughter Zelda William removed herself from the social media site due to cruel images sent to her of her father. As well, Twitter has been working to remove images and videos of James Foley – the American journalist killed by ISIS militants – which had been posted on the site.

Interestingly enough, Twitter is not the only group to think about social media profiles in relation to the deceased. Facebook will remove the account of a user who has passed away at the request of a verified family member. The State of Delaware has passed a law bequeathing email, Facebook, or “any similar storage device which currently exists or may exist as technology develops” to the person’s family or executor of the will.

*Source: Auto World News