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What Happens To Our Social Media Accounts When We Die

Nelius Stackpoole
Nelius Stackpoole

01:20 3 Jan 2019


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It's a bit morbid for January 3rd but a question I think we've all asked ourselves at some stage in our lives  - What happens to our Social Media accounts when we die?

According to reports from 2016, around 8000 Facebook users die daily, so that's basically 428 every hour - CRAZY!!!

So if that many people die every day who use Social Media  - What happens to these accounts?

Let us kick it off with Facebook:

Facebook:

According to The Sun:

''The social networking site added a new setting last year that gives users the option of having their account permanently deleted when they die.

Users can also choose a friend or family member to become a 'legacy contact' and take control of some aspects of their account after their death.

Legacy contacts post a final message on the profile, and it is turned into a memorial where friends can post messages of remembrance and sympathy.

To choose a legacy contact, user have to access settings and under the Security tab, click or tap the "Legacy Contact" option that appears at the bottom.''

Twitter

Again according to The Sun:

''If a Twitter user dies, the company says it will work with a person authorised to act on the behalf of the estate - or a verified immediate family member - to have an account deactivated.

It is also possible to request the removal of a deceased user's account, but they will require a copy of ID from the person making the request and a copy of the death certificate.''

Instagram

''The Sun Reports: ''Instagram memorialises accounts like Facebook, but they can't be changed and no one can log into the profile.

Posts of the deceased user will stay shared on the site and are visible to the people they were shared with, but memorialised accounts do not appear in public spaces like searches.

Instagram asks that friends and relatives get in touch via email to notify them that a user has died. The picture-sharing site will ask for proof of death.''

There you have it. Very Morbid, but at least now you know!!


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