Have you ever wondered what will happen to your social media accounts after you die?
What Happens to Social Media Accounts After You Die:
While it’s up to your family or friends to notify Facebook about an account of a deceased person in order to memorialize it, you can assign a legacy contact to manage your account after your death. Otherwise, your memorialized account won’t be able to be changed or updated. Considering we all have something we’d like to go back and tweak here or there in our online accounts, it’s a good idea to choose someone you trust to manage your account in the case of your death.
Add a Legacy Contact
- Log into your Facebook account.
- Click the down arrow at the top right of the window, and select Settings.
- In the left-hand menu, click on Security.
- In the Security Settings list, click on the Legacy Contact.
- Type in your Facebook friend’s name to add the legacy contact
To request account deletion: Follow the same steps to choose a legacy contact, but instead of choosing a contact, click the Request account deletion link at the bottom of the Legacy Contact section.
Rather than leaving your current Facebook profile as-is, this networking giant offers a relatively simple way for your family to manage your social media accounts after you die: Memorialized accounts.
What Friends & Family Can Do
- To Memorialize an Account: Fill out the Memorialization Request here.
- To Remove an Account: Fill out the Special Request for Deceased Person’s Account here.
- If a friend or relative’s account was deleted but you’d still like to have something on Facebook for them, you can create a group.
If you want your Twitter account to remain even after your death, be sure to make your wishes clear to your friends and family so the account doesn’t get deactivated. Then again, your legacy might be in better shape if your 140-character musings are removed from the prying eyes of future generations.
While there might not be an option to memorialize a Twitter account, family members or authorized individuals can request to have a deceased person’s account deactivated.
What Friends & Family Can Do
- To Remove an Account: Fill out the Privacy Form here.
- Select I want to request the deactivation of a deceased user’s account.
- Fill out the Report details form, and click Submit. Twitter will then send a confirmation email with instructions to complete the request.
The accessibility of your email account after death depends entirely on the email provider, so it’s worth taking the time to look into your own provider’s policies around deceased user accounts so that you can plan appropriately.
Yahoo does not grant anyone but the account holder access, which means that when you die, your email account will be locked to anyone else who tries to gain access. The most a family member can do in the event of your death is to request that Yahoo deletes the account.
Google’s Inactive Account Manager allows you to dictate when and how Google can delete an account after your death, and even send a notification to your preferred contacts and share important data with them. This can be helpful if you’ve stored other important details in your Google account that your close family and friends could benefit from accessing after your death.
Digital Life After Death
The most effective way to ensure the management of your social media accounts after you die is performed the way you intended is to spell it out – literally. By creating a will that includes instructions on what to do with your social media profiles after you die, you can take control of your digital life, even in death.
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Curated for the Hopper Law Firm, Chicago, IL
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