When a loved one has passed away, kin of the user can reach out to the site’s administration and request that the account be either deleted completely or a permanent backup of public tweets can be obtained. Should an account be requested to remain open, it will look just the same as all the other accounts and to date no special mention of the user’s death appears. The accounts of deceased users will stop appearing on the ‘Who to Follow’ suggestion box. Changes to that status of a deceased user account may come in the future but for now no special notice will be attached to the account.
Like Facebook, which allows accounts of the deceased to remain open and memorialized, Twitter requests that surviving kin provide a link to an obituary upon a members’ death and must also provide a description about their relationship to the user for verification purposes before the account will be closed or backed up.
Twitter also requests that family members wanting to publish last messages must have access to the account log in information as the company will not disclose any information about the account.
Posted in Social Networking. Tags: death, facebook, memorial accounts, social media privacy, twitter, user accounts
Feel free to leave a reply using the form below!