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Twitter policy regarding death

August 28th, 2010 by Rose DesRochers · 4 Comments

The death of a fellow writer and blogger has prompted me to start looking into various sites’ policies regarding death.

What happens to your Twitter account when you die?

Twitter can make an archive of your public tweets or disable your account entirely.

If a family member wishes to remove or archive tweets from a deceased user’s account they must contact Twitter with the following information.

Twitter requests that the deceased user’s surviving family members submit the username of the Twitter account, or a link to the profile page of the Twitter account, a link to a public obituary or news article, along with information about their relationship to the deceased user, before the account is deleted or backed up.

Twitter cannot allow access to the account or disclose other non-public information regarding the account.

You can read more about the policy at How to Contact Twitter About a Deceased User

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4 responses so far ↓

  • Jack
    Wrote: Aug 28, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    I have thought about this from time to time. Can’t say that I have a strong opinion yet as to whether I want my account to remain open or to be wiped out.

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  • jansfunnyfarm
    Wrote: Aug 28, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    Good information. Something heirs should be aware of before one’s death.

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  • Chris Nash
    Wrote: Aug 28, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Both my partner and I lost friends last year, and that they have left digital remains is actually rather unnerving. Both our friends still have pages on Facebook; people still continue to post on their walls. We’re emailed reminders of their birthdays.

    It’s yet another area where the law has a lot of catching up to do; what happens to our internet identities, our passwords, our accounts in the digital world should be incorporated into our wills just as much as the other details of our lives. That Twitter even has a deceased user policy is remarkable and unusual; I’m sure most companies do not.

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  • LisaF
    Wrote: Sep 1, 2010 at 11:47 am

    Interesting. I honestly never thought to put any provisions into my “last wishes” about social identities. Good info and thanks for bringing it to our attention.

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