This Happens To Your Social Media Accounts After Your Death
In today’s world Internet has a huge impact on our daily life and for most of us Facebook and Twitter have become like our diaries and Instagram has replaced photo albums, filled with our memories and thoughts. Thus, it’s the age of thesocial media.
We all think about death sometimes and what will happen to our loved ones after we leave this earth. However, have you ever given a thought to what will happen to your Facebook or your other social media accounts? So we took the liberty to find out what happens to some of the most famous social media platforms after we die. And amazingly, it turns out that every website has their own sets of rules and conditions. Let us take a look!!
Having over billions of users, Facebook has 3 options for each profile if the owner passes away.
After passing away, your account can be memorialized if any of your family member or friends reports your death; but only if you choose it. If you opt for memorialisation, Facebook freezes your account and hides it from everyone who is not your Facebook friend. Also, the word “Remembering” will be shown next to the name on your profile.
- Delete Account
If you pass away your account can get deleted permanently. Though Facebook keeps a record of all your data but as the account will be deleted anyone would not be able to access it except for your legacy contacts that can access your data in order to archive it.
- Legacy Contact
There is also the third option which is designating a legacy contact in advance. If you do so, you are allowing Facebook (in the scenario when your death is reported) to grant access to your legacy contact after your demise. It gives permission to the legacy contact to accept any requests, change photos and archive your posts and photos.
The popular social media platform Instagram isn’t open about its policies for the dead. If you go through the privacy policies you will come around “In the event of the death of an Instagram User, please contact us. We will usually conduct our communication via email; should we require any other information, we will contact you at the email address you have provided in your request.”
There is only one option given by Instagram for the account of the deceased, which is to delete it. If your relative wants your account to be taken down they can contact Instagram if not the account will stay on inactive on Insta.
If you really want your family to be able to use your Instagram account it is best to grant them access of your account beforehand. But if you are concerned about your privacy it is better that you don’t give anyone the access to your account.
The popular social sites Twitter and Facebook share somewhat similar policies for the accounts of the dead. Your private information isn’t shared with anyone but your friends and family can have your account deleted after presenting proof of death. They can also get specific posts deleted instead of your whole account. But Twitter may assess that posts impact on social media before deleting it.
Being linked to YouTube, Gmail, Google Drive and many other Google programs, Google is one of the biggest networks of social media accounts. Being such a large social media network, Google doesn’t provide any feasible policies for the accounts of the departed. They archive all of your data and your loved ones cannot access it. Although they can always apply for some access and it will review your request and see what can be done.
It is not stated anywhere what is required to gain access to information of the deceased from his social media account. Anyhow if the deceased’s accounts are linked in their android phone it is very easy to archive them. Also you can change your Google’s inactive account manager settings and specify what you want to happen to your account after you pass away. You can also select a contact that Google can notify and that person can download the sections of the data you want them to have.