Compared to the decision about who to bequeath your gnome collection to, the fate of your social media accounts probably didn’t make your kick-the-bucket list.
Your social media accounts are packed with photos, emotions, drinking escapades and possibly a Tinderesque moment with an old partner. It all seemed so innocent and funny at the time. Now, imagine your great grand children checking it out for a sixth grade "Technology in Our Society" class.
Here’s what you need to know about deceased user policies.
Twitter allows account deletion only at the request of an immediate family member, or a lawful representative.
On LinkedIn, anyone may request the removal of an account providing proof of death, a link to an obituary, and certain mysterious information.
Pinterest will only delete an account at the request of a family member.
Facebook now allows its users to denote a “legacy contact," or choose to have the account deleted after death.
At the request of anyone offering proof of death, Instagram will memorialize a deceased person’s account. Or, remove an account at the request of anyone who can prove they are from the immediate family.
This is just another fact of our digital lives. If you’re hoarding sensitive or damaging information on any of your social media platforms, take heed.
To find out how to access and configure the deceased user settings on social media platforms mentioned in this article, read a detailed post on SociallyAwareBlogger.com.