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Many questions come about when one ponders their final days. Where will we go? Is there really an afterlife? What will happen to my Facebook account?
Okay, so that last one’s probably low on the priority list, but it is something to think about.
It’s not a pleasant issue to deal with, but it’s necessary. When you die, your online legacy lives on. The only question is: is that how you really want to be remembered? Fortunately, Facebook gives you two options for such an eventuality. You can either choose to delete your account when you die, or have it memorialized.
Memorializing your Facebook Account
When you memorialize your account, you leave someone you trust in charge of making sure that your account is curated after you’re gone.
Memorializing an account allows friends and family to get together and share memories of you, and has some key features.
- You name will have the word “Remembering” placed next to it.
- If your privacy settings permit it, friends will be able to share memories on your Timeline.
- Any content you previously shared will remain visible to the intended audience.
- Profiles that are memorialized won’t appear publicly such as in birthday reminders, advertisements, People You May Know suggestions.
- Your account will be basically locked, meaning no one can log into it.
- If you were the sole administrator of a page, it will be removed if Facebook receives a valid request.
In order to set your account so that it can be memorialized after you pass, you need to appoint a legacy contact. This would be any friend or family member who you trust to tend to your wishes.
To set a legacy contact, first open the Settings and click on “Security” then “Legacy Contact”.
Now, you simply need to appoint a friend to serve as your legacy contact.
You legacy contact won’t gain these new powers until after you account is officially memorialized, which someone must request for you after you have died.
Facebook will require your name, the date you died, and optionally, some kind of proof such as link to obituary or a copy of your death certificate. Once they have that and your account is memorialized, your legacy account will be informed that they can tend to your account.
Deleting Your Facebook Account After You Die
The simpler option is to have your account deleted upon your demise. This isn’t the same as deactivating it. When deleted, everything goes away.
To do this, open the Security settings, click on “Legacy Contact” and this time click “Request account deletion”.
Should you change your mind, you can elect to keep your Facebook intact.
After you have passed away, someone will need to notify Facebook, which they can do using a special request form. It’s best that you appoint someone, regardless of whether they’re your legacy contact, to take care of this matter. Be sure to communicate to them your wishes for how your Facebook account should be handled. Regardless, if you desire deletion, it should be taken care of once Facebook is aware you’re gone.
This is obviously an unpleasant topic to have to discuss, but it’s an important one. Many folks may figure they’ve got things covered when it comes to their estate, such as how your assets will be divided or to whom will assume control over your affairs, but few may consider what happens to your online afterlife.
Thus, memorializing or deleting your Facebook account will assure it is handled according to your wishes instead of leaving it to the passage of time.
T he Facebook account of a person who has passed away can be memorialized after a request submitted by a verified person. However, Facebook also provides you with an option to auto-delete your Facebook account after it gets notified about your death.
Death is inevitable but all the living beings seem reluctant to face this hard truth of life. It is more painful for the close connections of a deceased person because it is hard to fill that vacant space in their lives. Nowadays, many people spend a large part of their lives on the internet, especially, on social platforms. The situation worsens when people come across the social media profiles of their loved ones or receive birthday notifications after they pass away.
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Facebook is probably the most popular of all such platforms. It has appropriate options that allow a deceased person’s Facebook profile to be memorialized – the ones with Remembering written – after getting a request from a verified person.
A friend or a family member can either initiate,
- A memorialization request:
- An account deletion by a special request for a deceased person’s account:
Note: A proof of death is required.
A person can select Legacy Contacts for their Facebook account. The legacy contact can do basic tasks – once the account has been memorialized – like writing a pinned post, respond to friend requests, and update the profile picture and cover photo. However, they can not log in to the memorialized account, change any other information, read chats with other friends, etc. If there is no Legacy Contact attached to an account, no one will be able to make any changes.
How to Auto-Delete Your Facebook account after your death?
Now, if you don’t want to keep your Facebook account alive after your death, you can get it deleted automatically after you pass away. Facebook has now got a new user interface so some options might defer from the older one. Here are the steps to do so:
- Sign in to your Facebook account.
- Click the down arrow in the top-right corner.
- Click Settings & Privacy in the drop-down menu. Then click on Settings.
- Click General on the left-hand side.
- Click Memorialization Settings.
- Click Request that your account be deleted after you pass away.
- Click Delete After Death.
Facebook will delete your account including all the data present in it after someone notifies them about your death.
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How To Delete An Account: There are two ways to take a Facebook account offline—deactivation and deletion. Deactivation preserves the account while making it inaccessible, allowing for reactivation later. Deletion removes the account permanently.
1. Log in to Facebook with the appropriate email and password.
2. Visit the company’s “Delete My Account” page.
3. Click the “Delete My Account” button.
How To Remove An Account If You Don’t Have The Required Information Listed Above
To permanently close an account for a deceased person you must submit a special request. This includes the following information:
- The deceased person’s birth certificate
- The deceased person’s death certificate
- Proof of authority under local law that you are the lawful representative of the deceased person, or his/her estate
Again, refer to this special request form for all the necessary requirements. The following options are available on this page:
- Please memorialize this account
- Please remove this account
- I have a special request
- I have a question
How To Memorialize A Facebook Account
If you want to simply memorialize an account, you must submit a Memorialization Request, which includes the following information:
- Deceased person’s name as it appears on the account
- A link to the timeline you’d like to report
- The email address associated with the account
- Your relationship to the deceased
- The year in which they passed
- A link to an obituary or news article establishing proof of death
- Your contact email
Take the reins of your loved one’s memorial page.
What happens to someone’s Facebook account when they die? Well, if they had the foresight to designate a legacy contact prior to passing away, Facebook will hand the reins of their account over to their designated contact upon proof of their death. But what if your loved one — like the majority of young, invincible social media users — never got around to getting their social media affairs in order?
If one of your Facebook friends has passed away and their account is still active, here are your options.
Legacy contacts are named by the account holder prior to their death — a family member or a friend who will be able to manage the person’s memorialized account when they die. Legacy contacts can post a pinned post at the top of the deceased user’s Timeline, respond to new friend requests, and update the person’s profile picture and cover photo. They can also, with the deceased user’s permission, download an archive of the user’s photos, Timeline posts, and profile information.
Legacy contacts cannot log into the deceased user’s account and see any of their private information, such as Facebook messages. They also cannot remove the user’s past posts, photos or friends.
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To choose a legacy contact, open up your Facebook account and go to Settings > Security > Legacy Contact. Click Edit, type in your friend’s name, and click Add.
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You will have the choice to send them a message about your choice immediately — click Send to send them the message, or click Not Now if you’d prefer they not know about your decision. You’ll need to eventually tell them, of course, because they will need to ask Facebook to memorialize your account when you die.
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Once you’ve chosen a legacy contact, you’ll see the option to allow them to download a copy of your Facebook account under Data Archive Permission. To allow your legacy contact to do this, click the checkbox and click Close.
If you do not choose a legacy contact before you die, nobody will be able to manage your Facebook account — but they can still memorialize it.
Memorializing someone’s Facebook account
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If your friend has passed away without setting up a legacy contact, you can still request that Facebook memorialize their account using this form. You will need to provide the person’s name, approximate date of death, and optional proof of death (such as a link to an obituary).
A memorialized account will have the word “Remembering” in front of the person’s name, and will not show up in Facebook ads, “People You May Know,” or send out reminders on the person’s birthday. Memorialized accounts cannot be logged into, so memorializing someone’s account also prevents the account from getting hacked.
If you’re an immediate family member, you can request that the account be deleted instead of memorialized. To do this, use Facebook’s Special Request for Deceased Person’s Account form. You will need to provide the deceased person’s full name, email address, date of death and the URL of their Timeline. You will also need to provide proof that you are an immediate family member — you can do this with a birth certificate, death certificate, or proof of authority.
Editor’s note: This article was originally published on March 2, 2016. It is being republished as part of CNET’s series “Logging Out,” CNET’s look at death in the digital age.
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Planning a funeral and organizing papers and things after a loved one dies are all difficult. But managing their social media accounts, too? Yep. Today we have to deal with our digital legacy in addition to everything else. But what do you do with these accounts after a loss? Can you simply close them? Should you “memorialize” them? And how the heck does it all work, anyway?
Why Do You Need to Deal with Your Loved One’s Social Media Accounts after Their Death?
Well, if they’ve told you what they’d like done with their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or other accounts, you may be the person left in charge of this task, and you’ll likely want to follow their wishes. But even if they didn’t leave guidance, you may choose to resolve their accounts for a number of reasons. Example: If you want—or don’t want—people to be able to post messages, photos, etc., on those pages.
There’s also always the remote chance that accounts can be hacked, or private information stolen. So, it may be best to deactivate or at least adjust an account. More and more, people are using social media to inform far-flung family and friends that a death has occurred, so you may choose to leave the profile active at least for a while. Whatever your reasons, and whatever you decide, here’s a basic primer. Just make sure to check each site’s policies before permanently disabling or deleting an account. You may be able to save a copy of the contents before deleting, for example.
Getting Ready to Close or Change a Social Media Account After Someone Has Died
In general, you’re going to need some combination of the following:
- The name of the person who’s died
- A link to their profile, and sometimes an ID document
- Proof of their death, such as an obituary or death certificate
- Proof of your relationship to them
A Tip for Safety
Beyond that, each company may require other proof. Just make sure that if you’re providing ID docs, you use a marker or tape to block out info they DON’T need to see (social security numbers, etc.).
For your loved one’s Pinterest, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts, you have the option to keep or delete them. Here’s how to delete them.
Only a family member or a representative of the estate can close an account. Gather the below info, then go here to start the process. You’ll need to go to the website and provide:
- Your name.
- The name and email of the person who has died.
- Link to their account or their profile information.
- Proof of death (obituary/news articles/death certificate).
- Proof of your relationship to the person (unless your name appeared in the obituary).
No matter what, Twitter doesn’t provide access to account information, so unless you have log-in deets, you won’t be able to get inside the account. But if you are authorized to represent the estate of the person who has died, or if you’re an immediate family member, you can shut down the account. You’ll need to gather an identification document for the person who’s died, along with a copy of the death certificate. Then click here to start the process.
You will need to go to the website and provide:
- Your name, email address and relationship to the person who’s died.
- Link to their profile URL.
- Proof of death (obituary/news article/death certificate) and date of death.
- Name of the company where the person was last employed.
While some social media accounts simply get deleted, Facebook and Instagram provide other options. With about 8,000 Facebook members dying each day, they’ve made it possible to “memorialize” an account, which is pretty considerate and right up our alley here at Farewelling. Below is a description of what a memorial site is and how you can convert the account. If, however, you want to simply delete either of the following accounts, you can do that instead. And, of course, if your loved one left you their passwords in their Farewelling Worksheet, you’ll be able to have full access to the account and the settings.
A memorialized Facebook page will look a lot like other pages, but it will have the word “Remembering” in front of the person’s name. Friends and family are still able to post on the timeline, but they won’t receive birthday reminders, and the person who’s died won’t appear as a suggested friend. Content that had been posted on the profile remains there.
If the person who’s died planned ahead, they could’ve simply assigned a “legacy contact” in their settings. Being a legacy contact means you can create a post noting that the person has died, and then you can manage the account. The legacy contact feature is kind of cool because it still keeps the person’s messages private but allows the contact to change the profile photo and do a few other things.
If there is no legacy contact assigned, the page can still turn into a memorial, but there will be nobody managing it.
If you want to have the profile deleted, a family member can contact Facebook with a choice of identification docs and proof of the death. Here’s a link to that start page if it’s helpful.
Similar to Facebook, an Instagram account can either be memorialized or removed.
An immediate family member or authorized estate rep can opt to have the profile deleted. To do this you will need to show a birth or death certificate of the deceased and proof that you are a lawful representative of the person.
Of course, these policies do change. This is new territory; some states have laws allowing executors or “account custodians” access to all social media accounts.
Want to Make Things Easier for Those Who Love You?
Even if you’re not going anywhere anytime soon, it’s a great idea to plan ahead and write down all your login information in your Farewelling Worksheet so someone you love can easily gain access if needed. You can also store this info online if you prefer. The idea is just that if you give a trusted person access to your account information, they’ll be able to skip all or most of the steps above and take care of everything for you.
If you use Facebook to share, track, and report on important life events, it can provide an intimate snapshot of your life, and it can also serve as a key part of your legacy—and one you’ll likely want to protect following your death. With this in mind, as with any other digital asset you own, you should include your Facebook profile as part of your estate plan.
While you’ll want to include your Facebook profile in your plan’s inventory of digital assets, Facebook also offers a special function, known as a “legacy contact,” for managing your profile after death. Using a legacy contact, you can choose someone to look after your account and control the activities of your account once you’ve passed away.
If you are interested in preserving your digital legacy using Facebook’s legacy contact, here we’ll break down the basics of how this function works. To learn more about protecting and passing on the rest of your digital assets, meet with a Personal Family Lawyer® to discuss the different options available.
Managing Your Digital Afterlife
At the time of your death, Facebook allows your account to be “memorialized,” so friends and family can gather and share memories of you and your life. To have your account memorialized, Facebook requires proof of the account holder’s death using a special request form and evidence of death, such as an obituary. Facebook accounts can be memorialized regardless of whether or not a legacy contact has been selected.
Once your account has been memorialized, only confirmed friends can see your profile or find it in a search. Your memorialized profile will no longer appear in friend suggestions, nor will anyone receive birthday updates or other account notifications.
When your account is memorialized, the word “Remembering” will be added next to your profile name. Depending on your privacy settings, friends and family members can post content and share memories on your timeline. A memorialized account is locked, so its original content cannot be altered or deleted, even if someone has your password information.
What Your Legacy Contact Can Do
If you’ve designated a legacy contact, once your account has been memorialized, that individual will be able to manage your Facebook account based on the permissions you’ve granted him or her. As with any other person you select to manage your assets after your death, you’ll want to carefully consider who to name as your legacy contact, as this individual will have control over your memorialized Facebook account and therefore also control your legacy to some extent.
Your Facebook legacy contact can perform several functions, including:
- Write a pinned post for your profile to share a final message on your behalf or provide information about your memorial service.
- View posts, even if you had set your privacy to Only Me.
- Decide who can see and who can post tributes on your memorialized profile.
- Delete tribute posts.
- Change who can see posts that you’re tagged in.
- Remove tags of you that someone else has posted.
- Respond to new friend requests.
- Update your profile picture and cover photo.
- Request the removal of your account.
- Download a copy of what you’ve shared on Facebook, if you have this feature turned on.
What Your Legacy Contact Cannot Do
However, it’s important to point out that your legacy contact doesn’t have unlimited control over your account. To this end, your legacy contact cannot take the following actions:
- Log into your account as you.
- Read your direct messages.
- Remove any of your friends or make new friend requests.
Alternatively, if you’re not interested in having your Facebook account continue after your death, you can choose to have your account permanently deleted upon your passing. For instructions on choosing your legacy contact and to learn more about your options for managing your Facebook account after death, check out Facebook’s Help Center FAQs.
Preserve Your Digital Assets
Since social media and other digital assets play such a big role in our lives, you should work with a Personal Family Lawyer® to ensure that all of your digital property is protected by your estate plan. With our support, we will inventory your digital assets and include instructions on how you want them handled in your planning documents, so they can pass seamlessly to your loved ones upon your death.
What’s more, a Personal Family Lawyer® can also help you name a digital executor, who will be in charge of managing your digital assets upon your passing, so that those assets can bring the most benefit to your heirs for generations to come. Contact a Personal Family Lawyer® today to learn more.
What happens to your digital accounts and how to make your wishes known.
When we think about an estate plan, the traditional aspects of our estate come to mind: what happens to my house? The money in my bank accounts? My superannuation? These are the items making up the bulk of our estate and legacy.
However, in a world where identity and presence is increasingly taking place in a digital sphere, it may be important to consider what happens to your digital self when the physical passes away. As channels like Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter increasingly become the primary platforms for self-expression and public presence (see for reference Donald Trump), a comprehensive estate plan needs to deal with our digital legacy in addition to our physical one.
This article will provide an overview of how your Will deals with your digital assets, in addition to a handy guide for how you can make your wishes known for what should happen to your digital accounts when you pass away.
Under your Will
Safewill deals with your social media by including it as part of your estate, to be dealt with by your Executor. We also provide a section within assets to add notes about your assets and estate, and affords Will writers with the opportunity to make their wishes known in respect of their digital assets.
While your Will contains a provision for what should happen to your digital assets upon your death, however, it is important to note that social media platforms have their own internal policies and procedures that may take precedence over what is written in your Will.
What happens to my Facebook account?
Facebook is the most sophisticated digital platform as it relates to a digital legacy, and provides a number of options for users to specify what should occur upon their death.
Facebook allows you to nominate that you would like your Facebook account converted into a memorial account upon your passing. This means that your profile will continue to exist, and your contacts will still be able to post on your wall and tag you in photos. With a memorial account you are able to nominate a friend as your Facebook Legacy Contact, who will maintain and moderate your memorial profile in your absence.
Alternatively, you or one of your loved ones may request for your profile to be permanently deleted upon your death. It is important to remember though that with this, any photos or posts you have previously uploaded will be permanently deleted, and won’t be accessible to your family and friends.
If you wish to appoint a legacy contact, you can do so when logged in to Facebook in the General Account Settings, in the section titled ‘Memorialization Settings’.
What happens to my LinkedIn?
Unlike Facebook, Linkedin does not allow you to specify that you would like your account deleted upon your death, or to nominate someone to take control of your account. This can be specified in the Asset Notes section of your Safewill to guide your executor as to your wishes, however cannot be done through your linkedin profile.
Instead, your executor or loved one would need to request that your profile is taken down. This can be done by filling out a LinkedIn profile removal request form. They will need to provide evidence of your passing, including date of passing and link to an obituary.
What happens to my Instagram?
Similar to Facebook, Instagram will either memorialise or delete the account of a deceased user. This is triggered by the request of a loved one or friend. Unlike Facebook, at the time of writing this cannot be specified by a user in advance of their death.
No new content can be added to a memorialised account, and no new comments or likes can be added to the memorialised’s posts. Their profile, however, will remain accessible and viewable.
An executor of an estate can make a request to memorialise or delete a person’s account. In order to make this request, they will need to provide proof of death, and of their relationship to the deceased.
What happens to my Twitter?
At the time of writing, the only option to deal with a deceased’s account on Twitter is to have their account deleted. Twitter does not allow for accounts to be memorialised or managed by a third party.
An immediate member of the deceased’s family, or the executor of their estate, can make a request to deactivate the user’s account by contacting Twitter. They will need to prove their identity and relationship to the deceased, as well providing proof of death.
Specifying what you want to happen
Many platforms rely on the executor of an estate making a choice as to what they want to happen to the deceased’s profile. For this reason, it is incredibly important that you specify how you want your executor to deal with your digital presence – whether that is having your digital presence memorialised and maintained, or having it deleted permanently. This can be easily achieved with Safewill, in the Assets module of your Will.
Make a Will Online Today, and chat to one of our helpful staff if you have any questions about how you can specify wishes for your digital assets in your Safewill.
By Liz Crenshaw and Patti Petitte & Katie Roberts • Published June 17, 2013 • Updated on June 18, 2013 at 1:59 pm
Update: On Tuesday, Diana Gonzalez told News4 that Facebook has honored her request to remove her sister’s page – and removed it from the site.
Facebook has more than 1 billion users, but what happens to a person’s Facebook page when they die?
An estimated 580,000 Facebook users in the U.S. alone will die this year, according to a Pepperdine University Law Review.
Diana Gonzalez got frustrated trying to figure out how to remove her sister Aurra’s Facebook profile after she died suddenly a year ago this week.
Her active profile was a painful reminder to Gonzalez that her sister is gone.
“First of all, she shows up as a friend and family,” Gonzalez said. “She’s always there.”
Gonzalez wanted to delete her sister’s page, but without her sister’s Facebook password, Gonzalez was stumped. She tried over and over to get help from Facebook.
“There must be some way to reach someone to say, ‘What do you need from me so we can do this?’” she said. “I didn’t find anything.”
So Gonzalez searched the web for ways to remove a deceased person’s Facebook page but said she only found other people with the same problem.
“No one really had an answer,” she said, and she couldn’t find a number to call Facebook.
News4 contacted Facebook through media channels and learned it does honor requests from close family members to deactivate a deceased person’s account.
In fact, Facebook said it has two options: You can request to either memorialize a Facebook page or delete it all together.
Gonzalez wanted her sister’s page deleted forever.
“This is just one more thing, one more process I need to get through on her behalf,” she said.
Facebook provided the following instructions:
- First click the flower or star in the right hand corner of the page,
- Then click “help,”
- Then “visit the help center,”
- Next, type in the search box “deceased user delete,”
- Then choose memorialize or remove account.
Facebook requires you to fill out an online form and upload documentation. Gonzalez needed her sister’s death certificate and proof she was a lawful representative of the deceased.
Gonzalez submitted her request. Then she received an email from Facebook acknowledging it was sent.
Facebook told News4 it works to delete the account as quickly as possible.
“It wasn’t that hard, but I wish I hadn’t had to dig so far for it, but it’s hard emotionally to do this because it’s a little piece of her that is going away,” Gonzalez said.
She’s still waiting for Facebook to take down her sister’s page.
Twitter removes deceased user accounts similarly, but you mail or fax the required documents. Click here to learn how to contact Twitter about a deceased user.
Updated July 2021
Social media is widely used among younger generations, and use is rapidly growing among older generations. With most people posting about their lives, it begs the question, what happens to their social media accounts when they pass away?
Once our loved ones pass away, we may be left with their social media pages up and still receiving messages. Many social media platforms now have guidelines for how to take down your deceased loved one’s pages or put them in a memorialized state.
We have put together a summary for each major social media platform, with information on how to remove your loved one’s pages and whether the platform has a virtual memorial option.
Facebook will memorialize an account, but a family member or close friend must inform Facebook of the death. No login information will be shared, meaning that no one can log in to the account after it becomes memorialized. To show the profile’s status, a “remembering” badge will be added to the individual’s name. Content will stay visible, but the profile won’t appear in public places or pop up as a suggested friend.
As the owner of your own Facebook page, you may choose to designate a legacy contact who can accept friend requests, pin a tribute, and change the account’s profile picture and cover photo after your passing. Your legacy contact must be chosen prior to death, and you must be over 18 to choose a contact. To select a legacy contact, go to “Settings” under “Settings & Privacy” in your Facebook account. Then select “Memorialization Settings” and choose the friend you wish to be your legacy contact. The legacy contact you’ve selected will be informed, and if your account is memorialized, they will be notified.
Within “Memorialization Settings,” you may also choose to have your Facebook account deleted upon death rather than memorialized.
If you are not the owner of the account and wish to delete the deceased’s account, you must provide Facebook with the deceased’s death certificate. If you cannot access their death certificate you will need to provide “proof of authority” in the form of a birth certificate, power of attorney, Last Will and Testament, or estate letter, and proof that your loved one has passed away (an obituary or memorial card).
For more information on Facebook’s policies, click here.
Flickr offers an “in memoriam” account option for deceased Flickr members. In memoriam accounts will preserve all public content in a deceased member’s account, even if their subscription has lapsed. To request an in memoriam account, complete this form. You will be asked to provide proof of death in the form of an obituary, memorial card, or death certificate.
To gain access to a deceased person’s account, Flickr asks you contact them directly. You will be required to prove that you have the legal right to access the deceased’s images (e.g., having power of attorney).
For more information on Flickr’s policies, click here.
Like its parent company, Facebook, Instagram offers a memorialization option. To memorialize someone’s account, you must provide Instagram with proof of death in the form of a link to an obituary or news article.
By memorializing the profile, it becomes frozen in time, with all photos, videos, and comments visible to the audience they were originally shared with. Privacy settings cannot be changed when an account is memorialized. The word “Remembering” will be shown next to the person’s name on their profile, and the account will no longer appear in Instagram’s Explore section. Instagram tries to “prevent references to memorialized accounts from appearing on Instagram in ways that may be upsetting to the person’s friends and family.”
To delete the Instagram account of a deceased individual, official documentation is required from a verified immediate family member. When submitting a removal request to Instagram, be prepared to provide the deceased’s birth certificate, the deceased’s death certificate, or a power of attorney showing you are the executor of the deceased’s estate.
For more information on Instagram’s policies, click here.
LinkedIn provides a form where individuals can report that a LinkedIn member is deceased, which then hides the account. It requires that you input the deceased’s name, the URL of their LinkedIn profile, your relationship to the deceased, the deceased’s email address (associated with their LinkedIn profile), the date of their passing, a link to their obituary, and any other information that may help make the case for closing the account.
To close or memorialize a LinkedIn account, you will need to submit a copy of the deceased’s death certificate and a legal document showing that you have the authority to act on the deceased’s estate (e.g., Letters of Administration, Letters of Testamentary, or Letters of Representation). Closed accounts are permanently removed from LinkedIn, while memorialized accounts are marked as such. No further login access will be granted to the account.
For more information on LinkedIn’s policies, click here.
To deactivate a deceased family member’s account, you will need to go through Pinterest’s help center. Additional documentation may be requested. Pinterest will not provide personal or login information for access to the deceased’s account.
Snapchat will delete the account of a deceased user if they are provided with a copy of the death certificate. Snapchat will not allow anyone access to a deceased user’s account and does not have a memorialization option. Contact Snapchat to report a deceased user here.
TikTok does not offer a memorial option for a deceased user’s account. If you would like to delete the account of someone who has passed away, contact TikTok here. Additional documentation may be requested. Once an account is deleted, it cannot be reactivated, and none of its content or information may be accessed.
For more information on TikTok’s policies, click here.
To close the account of a deceased user, submit an email request to [email protected]. Include a link to the deceased’s Tumblr and their username. Additional documentation may be required.
Twitter requires the deceased’s executor or a verified immediate family member to submit an account removal request with the name and username of the account holder. After submitting the request, Twitter will contact the requestor for more information, including a copy of their ID and a copy of the deceased’s death certificate. No access will be provided to the deceased’s account regardless of a person’s relationship to the deceased.
For more information on Twitter’s policies, click here.
You must submit a request through Google for help managing a deceased individual’s YouTube account. You will be required to submit the name and email address of the deceased; your name, email address, and relationship to the deceased; a copy of your driver’s license; a copy of the death certificate; and any additional files or comments regarding your request. Google will not grant you access to the account or provide passwords or other login information, though they may fulfill information requests.
For more information on YouTube’s policies, click here.
· Updated 24 November 2021 ·
– Morbid, we know
(Pocket-lint) – Thinking about your digital legacy after you die is something most people are starting to do, no matter how morbid it sounds.
Facebook is one of the few services available that have an established way of dealing with account management in the event of a user’s death, though Apple also offer it. The idea is that a Facebook user can set an executor of sorts, officially known as a legacy contact, who will have limited access to their account. This will allow them to tie up the account and leave it there as a memorial of the person’s life.
So, how do you ready your account for that inevitable day? And what will happen when it’s set to go? Here’s what you need to know.
What happens to your Facebook after death?
Your Facebook account can be deleted after death, or it can be memorialised with a legacy contact appointed as an account manager.
Memorialise your account
A memorialised Facebook account shows the word “Remembering” next to the person’s name on their profile. Depending on the privacy settings of the account, friends can still share memories on the memorialised profile, and content that the person shared remains visible to the audience it was shared with originally. Most importantly, no one can log into a memorialised account, and without a legacy contact, it can’t be changed.
- A Facebook account will be memorialised after Facebook becomes aware of your passing. Learn how to request the memorialisation of an account from here.
What is a Facebook legacy contact?
A legacy contact is someone you can choose to manage your account if it’s memorialised. They must be 18 years or older and a Facebook user.
If you add a legacy contact, they can:
- Write a pinned post for your profile, like share a final message on your behalf.
- View posts, even if you had set your privacy to Only Me.
- Decide who can see and post tributes, if the account has an area for tributes.
- Delete tribute posts.
- Change who can see posts that you’re tagged in.
- Remove tags of you that someone else has posted.
- Respond to new friend requests, like old family members who weren’t yet on Facebook.
- Update your profile picture and cover photo.
- Request the removal of your account.
- Turn off the requirement to review posts and tags before they appear in the tributes section if you had timeline review turned on.
- Download a copy of what you’ve shared on Facebook if you have this feature turned on.
So, by choosing a person to have access to your Facebook account after death, you’re not leaving your deepest secrets to them. Access is limited.
If you add a legacy contact, they can’t:
- Log in to your account.
- Read your messages.
- Remove any of your friends or make new friend requests.
How to appoint a Facebook legacy contact
You can add or remove a legacy contact in your account settings at any time.
To add a legacy contact:
- Click the drop-down arrow in the top right of Facebook and click Settings.
- Select Settings & privacy, then click Settings.
- Click Memorialisation settings.
- Type in a friend’s name in Choose a friend and click Add.
- To let your friend know they’re now your legacy contact, click Send.
Note: To change or remove a legacy contact, follow steps 1-2 above, then click Remove. From there, you can add a new legacy contact if you’d like.
This is how you cancel a Facebook account when someone dies
Facebook is a social networking site that allows users to share photos, articles, videos and more with their friend groups.В Facebook also has unique legacy features that enable users to “memorialize” accounts. This has a few implications for the person who passed away, so please see below for further details.
- Email address
How to close Facebook account
Facebook accounts can either be deactivated or deleted. Deactivating an account allows you to go back to it later, while deletion gets rid of it entirely. Login into the deceased person’s account and choose the following options:
- Log onto the account you wish to delete
- Navigate to the вЂњDelete My AccountвЂќ page
- Click вЂњDelete My AccountвЂќВ
What if I don’t have the required information?
Contact Facebook the following ways:
- Login to your Facebook account, and contact customer service
- If you don’t have a Facebook account, then contacting customer service is virtually impossible. Experts recommend contacting Facebook via their Facebook Help Community page.
How do I create a legacy account?
Facebook has settings that users can toggle while they’re alive, and set up what happens in the event of their death. In this case, the person who passed away may have already chosen to have their page deleted upon notification from you of their death.
If they didn’t choose “delete account upon my passing”В as an option while they were alive, then Facebook will automatically “memorialize” the page upon notification from you of their passing.
A “memorialized”В page will contain the word “Remembering”В by the person’s name, and Facebook claims that no one access this account to make changes. Only photos and videos that the person uploaded while living will be visible.
Atticus’ Legacy Review of Facebook’s closing account process after someone dies = 9.5/10
Facebook gets extremely high marks in it’s handling of the closing accounts process after someone dies because of the care they’ve given to the subject. Facebook provides an intimate look into someones, and they honor that by being sensitive to how that information is shared after someones passes. Also, having the ability to specify what you want before that happens is incredibly unique. Facebook only misses out on a perfect score because if you don’t have a Facebook page it’s extremely difficult to contact them. Hopefully, after receiving this less than perfect mark they’ll write one for their clients.
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Learn how to set your Facebook account to delete or memorialize you upon your death which will help you to better represent your account when you are no more in future. So follow the guide to proceed.
[dropcap]D[/dropcap]eath is something which everyone has to go through, and after death, many of the changes like property, trusts or other such physical things are renowned, divided or acted upon. Most of the actions related to these, we all have pre-decided in our lives, and this is carried on as such by the living ones, this is something which should also be necessary. Now as death comes on the person doesn’t have the tendency to change the figures of the life to end up because nobody knows when will the death come. Like the physical matters, the person would also be in the digital world and probably have up the online media accounts too, and now after death, these accounts should also come to end or whether the account should delete or memorialize. Let if the account is the facebook then this could be easily set up, know that the feature is used commonly for the legends or the popular facebook starts so that the FB account could be left deleted or either memorialized. Here in this article, we have written the method through which the facebook account could be set to delete or memorialized upon the death, if you wish to apply that up then you could do that by the method. Just go and read the article to know about the method.
How to Set Your Facebook Account to Delete or Memorialize You Upon Your Death
The method is quite simple and easy and you just need to follow step by step guide below to proceed.
For Memorializing Account After Death
Just head on to the Security settings of the Facebook and then go to the Legacy Contact option. There provide up to the contact of the friend or appoint the friend for the purpose. Now after your death, your legacy contact would be able to set it to memorialize which could be only done after any of your friends on facebook requests for the memorialize of yours.
Set Your Facebook Account to Delete or Memorialize You Upon Your Death
For Deleting Account After Death
Again this could be done through the Security Settings of the Facebook, go to the Legacy Contact option and from there choose “Request Account Deletion”. Confirm up the prompts and then appoint any friend of yours on Facebook to be elected as the one who could take care of your account after your death. If anybody requests on the Facebook for your death then the legacy contact would be able to delete your account after accessing it.
Set Your Facebook Account to Delete or Memorialize You Upon Your Death
In the case of deletion of the account, the account would be deleted after your death while in the case of Memorializing your account won’t be deleted but would be honored by the name possessing Remembering with it. No type of birthday wish add will be processed for such accounts and the account will be locked men’s nobody could access it at all!
So this was the method through which you could set up your Facebook account in such a way that it would get deleted or show memorialize upon your death. As from the article, you have got up that the method isn’t too difficult but any moderate user could apply it without any issues. This method won’t be rather necessary for the common users but it could be required sometimes by the popular account users on Facebook. Anyhow if you are also willing to apply it to your Facebook then just apply the method.
While creating a will is important to provide directions for your estate after you die, a ‘digital will’ can be equally critical
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With so much of our lives documented online, we need to ensure all that information falls into the right hands after our death. Just like physical assets, we should make plans to grant the right people access to our virtual life as well.
Death isn’t necessarily something we want to think about as we ring in a new year, but getting organized may be. And while creating a will is important to provide directions for your estate after you die, a “digital will” can be equally critical. Many of us store millions of photos, videos, posts and thoughts online. Maybe we keep a private social media account for journaling purposes or maintain important documents and contacts solely in the cloud. If you’ve already taken the very adult step of making a will for your physical assets, it might be time to figure out who will have access to your virtual assets in the event you pass away as well.
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Apple has recently announced you can now designate people you trust to view all data stored in your Apple account after you die. Legacy Contacts will be able to see photos, messages, notes, files, device backups and other information for three years. To add a Legacy Contact, you’ll need to be running iOS 15.2 and have two-factor authentication turned on for your Apple ID. Go to Settings, tap your name, then tap Password & Security>Legacy Contact.
Add the person using their phone number or email address and then share the access key digitally or by printing it out. Your Legacy Contact must have this key as well as your death certificate to gain access to your data after you pass away. While you are able to have more than one Legacy Contact, Apple notes that “any one of them can individually make decisions about your account data after your death, including permanently deleting it.”
Facebook will automatically memorialize your account if it becomes aware of your passing. It places the word ‘Remembering’ next to your name and all content you shared will be available for viewing the same way it was when you were alive. But you do have the option of appointing a legacy contact who can manage your account if it’s memorialized.
That legacy contact can accept friend requests on your behalf, change the profile and cover photos, decide who can see and post tributes and remove the account all together. They will not be able to log in to your account, read your messages, make friend requests or remove any friends. Add a legacy contact on Facebook by clicking the down arrow in the top right>Settings & Privacy>Settings>Memorialization Settings. Then choose a friend and click Add.
Google allows you to choose up to 10 trusted contacts who it will notify if your account becomes inactive for a certain period of time. You decide when Google should consider your account inactive by choosing an amount of time between three and 18 months. Google will contact you multiple times before reaching out to your trusted contact(s). You can then choose which data you’d like to share with each contact out of Calendar, Drive, Photos, Mail, YouTube and dozens of other options. Trusted contacts will have access and can download your selected information for three months. You can also decide if after that three months you’d like your account to be completely deleted.
Other accounts you may have online don’t have the considerations of Apple, Facebook and Google.
Instagram only allows the memorialization of an account if someone requests it. The company requires proof of death such as a link to an obituary to memorialize an account. It will never allow someone to log in to another person’s account.
Snapchat and Twitter have a similar policy in that they will not grant someone access to another person’s account. They will delete a deceased person’s account, though, if you provide the company relevant information including a copy of a death certificate.
TikTok has no policy for how to manage an account after someone dies.
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TikTok is not alone here. Many places where you may keep a lot of data online don’t have clear guidelines as to what happens to accounts after death. This is why it is critical for you to choose an overall trusted contact who will receive a copy of all your logins and passwords either now or in the event of your death. Then make sure that person knows what you’d like to happen to all that data. If the time comes, they will be armed with the knowledge and keys they need to make that happen for you.
Have you ever been browsing social media and come across the account of a deceased family member? It’s a jarring experience that can stop you mid-scroll.
But besides being a ghostly reminder to friends and family, social media accounts of the deceased can also pose a security threat.
Scammers often troll newspaper obituaries to collect information about a deceased person, and then they find additional personal information on social media accounts. They can then use that information to steal the deceased’s identity. Each year, identity thieves steal the identities of 2.5 million deceased Americans to open credit cards, apply for loans, get cell phones and more. 1
Additionally, scammers often hack social media accounts of the deceased to acquire any linked credit card information.
If you are managing the final affairs of a loved one, it’s important to manage your loved one’s digital footprint to help protect his/her identity. Here is how to do that on the top social media websites today:
On Facebook, there are two options for a deceased person’s account.
The first option is to memorialize the account. When an account is memorialized, the word “Remembering” will be shown next to the person’s name on their profile. Depending on privacy settings, friends and family can use the page to gather and share memories about the deceased. No one can log in to a memorialized account, which means it’s secure. Learn more about memorialized accounts here.
The second option is to delete the deceased’s account. To remove your loved one’s account, you’ll need to provide documentation proving you’re an immediate family member or executor of the account holder. According to Facebook, the fastest way to do this is to provide a scan or photo of your loved one’s death certificate.
If you don’t have a death certificate, you’ll need to provide the following proof of authority:
Submit one of the following to provide proof of authority:
- Power of attorney
- Birth certificate
- Last will and testament
- Estate letter
AND submit one of the following to provide proof that your loved one has passed away:
- Memorial card
Facebook asks that when providing documentation, please cover up any personal information they don’t need to fulfill your request, such as a Social Security number. Learn more about removing a deceased family member’s Facebook account here.
Instagram also allows you to either memorialize or remove a deceased person’s account.
When an Instagram account is memorialized, no one can log in to it. The account will appear the same as it did before it was memorialized, and no one will be able to make changes to any of the account’s existing posts or information. To memorialize an account, you’ll need to provide proof of death, such as a URL to an obituary or an uploaded photo of a newspaper obituary. Learn more about memorializing an account on Instagram here.
To remove a deceased’s Instagram account, you’ll need to prove that you’re an immediate family member of the deceased by providing the deceased person’s birth certificate, the deceased person’s death certificate, or proof of authority under local law that you’re the lawful representative of the deceased person, or his/her estate. Learn more about removing a deceased person’s Instagram account here.
Twitter allows immediate family members, or authorized persons, to deactivate and remove a deceased’s account.
In order to remove a deceased user’s account, you must first submit a request. Twitter will then email you with instructions. You’ll need to provide information about the deceased, a copy of your ID, and a copy of your loved one’s death certificate. Learn more about deactivating a loved one’s Twitter account here.
LinkedIn will help you remove a deceased member’s profile when you submit this form. You’ll need to provide information about your loved one, the URL to their profile, your relationship to them, your loved one’s email address, the date they passed away, a link to their obituary, and the company they most recently worked at. Learn more about removing a loved one’s LinkedIn account here.
Snapchat will delete the account of a deceased loved one for you if you submit this form and provide a copy of the death certificate.
The best way to remove your deceased loved one’s Pinterest account is to email [email protected] You’ll need to provide your information, as well as the name, email address, and username of the deceased. You’ll also need to send Pinterest proof of death, such as a death certificate, obituary URL, or newspaper obituary scan, as well as proof of relationship, such as marriage certificate or proof that you’re named on the obituary.
Let your loved ones know, in writing, what you want. Do you want everything deleted—or do you want your pages to live on? Leave specific instructions in writing, including login credentials, for the trusted loved one who you want managing the process. Some platforms even provide planning tools for you to utilize, such as Facebook’s legacy contact and Google’s inactive account manager.
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Have you ever thought about what you want to happen to your “digital assets,” including your Facebook page, after you pass away?
This is a question that Big Tech giants have spent the past few years grappling with as more and more of our lives are lived online. As such, companies like Facebook have started developing solutions to help account holders more easily “pass on” their digital real estate to loved ones and friends following their death. “Legacy Contacts” is one such feature that permits this to happen on the platform.
Until the creation of the Legacy Contacts, loved ones of the deceased only had two choices to manage an existing Facebook Account:
- Leave it a public wall (that no one had “behind the scenes” access to) where people could continue to post messages; or,
- Request that the page be “memorialized,” which rendered the profile invisible and unsearchable to those who were not already connected with the account.
Now with the Legacy Contact feature, Facebook account owners can name who they want to manage their profile in their absence. This “heir” would immediately have access to friend requests, pictures, and the management of content on the profile page.
Or, for those who want their Facebook account to remain private, the Legacy Contact feature also gives users the option to request a full deletion of their account after death.
How to Add, Change, or Remove a Legacy Contact
Facebook offers the following instructions to guide users through the process of naming a Legacy Contact:
- Clickin the top right of Facebook.
- Select Settings & Privacy, then click Settings.
- Click Memorialization Settings.
- Type in a friend’s name in Choose a friend and click Add.
- To let your friend know they’re now your legacy contact, click Send.
To change or remove a legacy contact, follow steps 1–2 above, then click Remove. From there, you can add a new legacy contact if you’d like.
If your account is memorialized, your legacy contact will be notified. Learn more about what a legacy contact can do. Note: You must be 18 or older to select a legacy contact.
Utilizing Legacy Contacts is an easy and straightforward way to let Facebook know how you want your private social media information to be handled after your passing. If you have any additional questions about how to include your digital assets as part of your estate plan, please contact our office to schedule an appointment.
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According to Statista, more than 295 million people in the United States use social media.  If you are an avid social media user, have you considered what will happen to your accounts when you die? If you have spent time creating, uploading, and sharing content, it is important to take a look now at what will happen after you pass away so you can determine your content’s future.
What happens to your Facebook account after you die?
If You Do Nothing
According to Facebook’s Help Center, they will memorialize your account if a loved one informs them of your passing.  Although your account will be memorialized, no changes will be made to it without a legacy contact. However, the content you previously shared will remain and will continue to be viewable by those you originally shared it with.
What You Can Do
If you want your account to continue to be managed, you will need to designate someone as a legacy contact. Your designee “can accept friend requests on behalf of a memorialized account, pin a tribute post to the profile and change the profile picture and cover photo.” 
You also have the option to have your account permanently deleted when you die. As a result, everything associated with the account, including messages, photos, comments, etc., will also be permanently deleted.
If you have a Facebook page for your social media endeavor, Facebook states that “[p]ages with a sole admin whose account was memorialized will be removed from Facebook if we receive a valid memorialization request.”  Therefore, if you want your page to continue, you should plan ahead.
What happens to your Instagram account after you die?
If You Do Nothing
If, upon your passing, Instagram receives a valid request, they will memorialize your account.  Posts you shared will stay on your account and will still be visible to those you originally shared the content with.
As an alternative, an immediate family member can request that your account be removed from Instagram. To remove an account, Instagram requires proof that the requesting person is an immediate family member.
Instagram has no way for you to designate someone to manage your account at your death.
What happens to your Pinterest account after you die?
If You Do Nothing
After you pass away, a family member can contact Pinterest via their website to inform them of your passing.  Upon receiving notice of your death, Pinterest will deactivate your account, and it will no longer be accessible by anyone.
Pinterest currently has no way for you to designate someone to manage the account after your passing.
What happens to your Snapchat account after you die?
If You Do Nothing
A family member can contact Snapchat, provide them with a copy of your death certificate, and have the account deleted. 
Snapchat does not allow you to designate someone to continue the account after you have passed.
What happens to your Twitter account after you die?
If You Do Nothing
The person authorized to act on behalf of your estate or a verified immediate family member can contact Twitter and request that your account be deactivated.  Twitter will ask for supporting documentation to avoid false or unauthorized reports.
On the other hand, if the account is inactive for six months or longer (i.e., no one has logged in during that period), Twitter may permanently remove the account “due to prolonged inactivity.” 
What happens to your YouTube account after you die?
If You Do Nothing
Because of YouTube’s affiliation with Google, an immediate family member or representative of your estate can contact Google to close the account and submit a request for funds from your account. 
What You Can Do
You can control access to your YouTube account using Google’s Inactive Account Manager,  which allows you to designate a person to be contacted if your account has been inactive for a specified period of time. If you have decided to grant the designee access to any of your accounts, they will also be informed of the data you have chosen to share with them. The message will also include a link they can use to download the information.
Because the process for each account is different, it is important that your loved ones know what social media accounts you have and what your wishes are for their future after you have passed. By properly laying out your wishes in your estate plan, you can provide guidance to your loved ones and reassurance that your legacy will live on.
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Have you ever thought that what should happened to your Facebook account if you pass away? There are 3 possible things that could be done with your Facebook account after your death.
We will be looking at what each path entails and help you decide which of the three options you can pick to not only safeguard your Facebook personal data and privacy, post-death, but also help safeguard your memory.
1. Memorializing an Account
This is done by one of your friends instead of by yourself. Anyone can inform Facebook (click here) about a Friend’s death and the account will be memorialized.
A memorialized account allows friends and family members to share memories after a person has passed away.
In an account that has been memorialized, the word “Remembering” will appear above the Facebook name like so.
A memorialized account will:
- remain on Facebook and the content shared is visible to all it was shared with
- be a place where Facebook friends can share memories according to the privacy settings of the account
- remain safe and no one can log into it
- cause removal of Facebook Pages, if the person was sole admin of said page
A memorialized account will not:
- appear as suggestions for people to add, or as birthday reminders
- give any option to choose a legacy contact
2. Choosing a Legacy Contact
You can also nominate a legacy contact which will have restricted access to your account. Once a valid request about the death of a person is sent in, the account will be memorialized and the person who is chosen as their legacy contact will be informed.
A legacy contact can:
- respond to friend requests
- pin a post on the timeline
- update the cover photo and profile picture
- download archive of posts, photos and profile information you shared on Facebook (if opted)
A legacy contact cannot:
- see your private messages or login to the account to interact on your behalf
- change settings of your Facebook account
How to Nominate a Legacy Contact
Here is how you can choose a legacy contact for your Facebook account.
(Step 1) Go to Settings > Security > Legacy Contact.
(Step 2) Click on Edit and type in the name you want to select as the Legacy Contact, and click Add.
(Step 3) You can send a message to inform that person of your nomination, or leave a message to be sent only when your account is memorialized.
(Step 4) Remember to set the Data Archive Permission which allows your legacy contact to download an archive of posts, photos and profile information you shared on Facebook.
By default, you will get an annual reminder on who you want to nominate as your legacy contact. If you are sure you won’t need to change your legacy contact or you dont want to be reminded, untick the box.
3. Get Your Facebook Account Deleted After Death
If the two options above aren’t for you and you just want to delete your online presence from Facebook, here’s how you get it deleted after your passing.
Above the Legacy Contact Annual Reminder is the option for Account Deletion. Tick it.
You will be served with a confirmation notice like so. Click Delete After Death and enter your password before you click Submit.
Facebook recently “killed off” many of its members as it rolled out a new feature that allows users to determine what happens to their Facebook account after they die. This new feature allows users to set a designated contact that can reach out to Facebook after you pass away to let them know.
From there, the choices you made before you die on what happens to your account will go into effect. Right now, can choose to memorialize your Facebook account or permanently delete it.
Death is an undeniable reality and it’s always better to be prepared. This guide essentially answers the question: “What happens to my Facebook Account After I die?” This is equivalent to a digital will that you leave behind. This is one feature that Facebook should have introduced much earlier.
There are basicallay 2 things that can be done to a persons Facebook Account after they pass away. Your “legacy contact” (explained below) can either memorialize your Facebook Account or delete it, based on your wishes.
Memorializing Your Facebook Profile After You Die
By memorializing your Facebook account, you allow it to continue to function to remember you. This allows family and friends to leave messages and tweaks the account in subtle ways.
Only those connected with you already on Facebook will be able to comment on the page, the word “Remembering” will be placed next to your name, and all content shared on your page will still be shared with those connected to you. Your profile will no longer show up as a birthday or memory remind to those who have friended you.
To setup your account’s profile to be memorialized after you pass, login to Facebook and go to “Settings.”
Then, click on “Legacy Contact.”
Enter a family or friend you trust as your Legacy Contact, then click “Add.” This person must be on Facebook for this to work. This person should have access to key documents after you pass away that they will be required to give Facebook to prove you passed away and that memorialization should occur.
Deleting Your Facebook Profile After You Die
By deleting your Facebook profile after you die, you simply erase yourself from the social network site. Depending on how you used Facebook, you may not want to memorialize yourself or keep your profile standing. That’s where deleting the profile comes into play.
To delete your account’s profile after you pass, login to Facebook and go to “Settings.”
Once again, click on “Legacy Contact.”
Now, click “Request account deletion.”
A pop-up will appear allowing you to request this after you pass, click “Delete After Death” to do just that.
You can always go back and change this option down the line if necessary by visiting the same area and revoking the deletion request.
After you pass away, someone will need to contact Facebook to let them know you’ve passed away. This is the only way Facebook will be able to follow through with the request.
With more people using social media across a variety of channels, Facebook is one of the first to step up and allow users to set options for what happens after they pass. While this may seem like a morbid topic, it’s something necessary in our growingly social world.
Facebook provides the following instructions:
- First click on the star or flower in the lower right-hand corner of your screen,
- Then choose “help,”
- Next type “decedent” into search field, and select one of the two options depending to preference.
How to delete a deceased person’s Facebook account
If you are trying to delete your deceased loved one’s Facebook account, there is no way to do it on the site. You will need to contact a Facebook representative with proof of death and request for their deactivation. The person contacting will need some form of identification such as an obituary or coroners notice that says “deceased” next to a name in order for them to be able to process this request. If they don’t have any documentation proving those qualifications, then they can provide personal information like date of birth and place of residence which would help confirm if the individual has died. Once someone successfully completes all necessary steps, Facebook should take care of deleting their account themselves within 24 hours .
Conclusion: Most people do not know how to delete a deceased person’s Facebook because it is impossible on the site. However, there are certain steps that must be taken in order for someone to get around this and have their deactivated account deleted off of facebook within 24 hours . Once those qualifications are met by “providing personal information like date of birth and place of residence which would help confirm if the individual has died,” then they will successfully complete all necessary steps. It is important to note that anyone who contacts Facebook with proof of death needs some form identification such as an obituary or coroners notice that says the person has passed.
You can do this by logging into your Facebook account and click on the ‘help’ tab at the top of the page next to where you type in your password. Clicking on that will lead you to another page with different options like “manage my preferences”, manage my timeline, adjust privacy settings for old posts etc. When scrolling down there is an option called memorializing which allows someone who has died create their own tribute or remembrance post before they pass away . This means when friends come across photos or videos of them it would show that they have passed instead of being able to send messages as well as view their profile.
Facebook will memorialize the account upon notification if a person passes away. Memorializing an account allows friends and family to gather and share memories of that individual after they have passed away. This also helps keep the account secure by preventing anyone from logging in to it.
To create a request for memorialization, all you have to do is go to the link and fill out the form. The form requires you to enter basic information, such as the name of the deceased person and date on which it happened.
Facebook has over 3 billion active users, but it’s unlikely that the number of dead account holders is much more than 1% of this figure.
When a person is memorialized, their name will appear on their Facebook profile next to the Remembering button. If that person’s privacy settings are set accordingly, friends and other accounts can post memorable memories of them.
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Most people now have a social media account. However, when they pass away, that social media account doesn’t just disappear. Instead, each platform has a unique process for closing them down if there’s a death.
Therefore, the owner of the account and their executor should understand how to handle social media accounts following a death. This guide will explain digital legacy policies and what happens to social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, and TikTok after you die.
What is a digital legacy policy?
Digital legacy policies allow social media users to nominate a caretaker who will manage their social media accounts after they pass away. The policy depends on the social media platform. For example, Facebook allows you to nominate a Facebook legacy contact and create a Facebook memorial profile.
What happens to your Facebook after you die?
You can decide what happens to your Facebook account after you pass away. You can either nominate a legacy contact or request to have your profile permanently deleted. If you don’t choose an option, Facebook will memorialise the account if they become aware of your passing.
To nominate a legacy contact, go to your Facebook account’s general settings and click on the ‘Memorialisation’ settings. The legacy contact you choose will be responsible for managing your memorial account.
When a Facebook profile becomes memorialised, the word ‘Remembering” goes in front of the deceased person’s name. Then the legacy contact will manage and moderate tributes on the profile, including old photos and posts.
What happens to your Twitter after you die?
According to Twitter’s website, they can work with either the executor of the Will or Next of Kin to deactivate an account. However, they don’t provide access to the account regardless of their relationship with the person who dies. You can request the removal of a deceased user’s account here.
After you submit your request, they will email you instructions to provide more details, including information about the deceased, a copy of the executor’s ID, and a copy of the death certificate. This step is mandatory to ensure there are no false reports.
What happens to your LinkedIn after you die?
Like Facebook, someone authorised to act on behalf of the deceased member can request the account memorialised or deleted. If you don’t have the necessary authorisation, you can only report a member as dead.
Once you memorialise the account, access is locked. LinkedIn doesn’t disclose any usernames or passwords to anyone, including family. LinkedIn also requires a copy of the death certificate and legal documents to show you have the authority to act on behalf of the member.
What happens to your Instagram after you die?
Instagram accounts can be deleted or memorialised at the request of an immediate family member after you die. They will honour the account after receiving a valid request. Similar to Facebook and LinkedIn, they protect the privacy of the deceased person by securing the account.
Verified immediate family members may request the removal of a loved one’s Instagram account. They would need to prove they are an immediate family member, such as a death certificate or proof of authority representing the deceased person’s estate.
What happens to your Google account after you die?
Google suggests their Inactive Account Manager tool to let them know who should access your information and whether the account should be deleted if the user passes away. They can work with immediate family members and representatives to close the account.
In any case, their primary concern is to keep people’s information secure, safe and private. Therefore, Google will not provide passwords or login details. Google will decide to meet the request about a deceased user only after they carefully review the request.
With more and more digital assets becoming a part of estates, it’s important to make sure that family or the named executor of your Will understands how to access each account. To get started organising your Will and planning your estate online, check out Willed.
Disclaimer: The content of this blog is intended to provide a general guide to the subject matter. This blog should not be relied upon as legal, financial, accounting or tax advice.
Social media is a big part of our lives. It helps us to stay close to the people we love, share our memories and pictures with the world and stay up to date with acquaintances.
There are over 3 billion active Facebook users, and estimates suggest there might be between 10 million and 30 million Facebook accounts of people who passed away. Have you ever wondered what happens with these accounts? And with the accounts of other social media platforms such as Twitter, Instagram and TikTok? In this article we’ll go through them all and give you advice on what you can do so your accounts are dealt with in the way that you would like.
What happens to your Facebook account when you die?
Your Facebook account memorialized
In case of a person’s death, memorialized Facebook accounts become a place for your family and friends to share memories and to look back at former posts. The features of memorialized Facebook accounts are:
- The word ‘Remembering’ will be displayed on your profile, above your name.
- Facebook friends can share tributes and memories on your timeline.
- The content that was shared, such as posts and photos, will stay on Facebook as it is. It remains visible to the audience it was originally shared with.
- Memorialized profiles will not appear in birthday reminders, ‘People You May Know’ suggestions or advertisements.
- No one can log into a memorialized account. This cannot be changed, unless your (memorialized) account has a legacy contact.
- If there are pages where only you were admin and your account gets memorialized, then those pages will be permanently removed. This also applies to the private messages from that page.
Appointing a legacy contact for your facebook account
A legacy contact is someone that you choose to take care of your account when it is memorialized. That way you will know your account is in good hands after you pass. The legacy contact can do things like pin a tribute post to the top of your page, remove inappropriate tributes from others, change the profile picture and cover photo of your memorialized account or request deletion of your account. The legacy contact can also decide who can post tributes and appoint specific audiences for those posts.
Your Facebook account permanently deleted when you die
You can also have your Facebook account permanently deleted. That way, if somebody lets Facebook know that you have died, your profile including all your photos, posts, messages, comments, chats, and any other activities will be permanently removed after verification by Facebook.
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Facebook “memorializes” the accounts of users who have died. This locks the account, meaning no one can log in to it. The memorialized account also does not accept new friend requests; however, the content of the timeline remains visible to friends. If you are an immediate family member and prefer not to have the account memorialized but rather removed, contact Facebook and provide some form of verification that you are an immediate family member of the deceased.
Navigate to the Facebook “Special Request for Deceased Person’s Account” page (link in Resources).
Enter your full name as well as the full name of the deceased person’s account in the provided input boxes.
Enter the email address that was used to create the Facebook account of the deceased person in the third input box.
Enter the Web address of the timeline that you want removed in the “Web address (URL) of the timeline” input box. Find this information by clicking the name of the deceased person on your list of Facebook friends, and then clicking his name on his cover photo. The Web address of his timeline is the address displayed in your browser’s address bar.
Click the radio button next to the option that best describes your relationship to the deceased person.
Click the radio button next to “Please remove this account” in the “How can we help you” section of the special request page.
Click the “Upload” button, and then click “Choose File.” Select any relevant documentation, such as a death certificate or birth certificate of the deceased, in order to prove that you are an immediate family member.
Enter your special request or question if you have any in the “Additional information” input box, and then press the “Send” button. Facebook will remove the profile of the deceased person after verifying that you are an immediate family member who has the right to request such an action.
Social media platforms are continually updated – we will do our best to keep our information current. Please note these instructions are best followed on a desktop device.
A legacy contact is someone you choose to look after your account if it’s memorialized. If you add a legacy contact, that person will be able to make decisions about your account once it is memorialized.
To create a Legacy Contact:
Once in your Facebook go to Settings and Privacy. Then Settings > Memorialization Settings.
To choose a Legacy Contact – fill out ‘Choose a Friend’ click ‘Add’. Save changes.
Once a person is picked to be a Legacy Contact they will be notified.
Legacy Contacts can:
- Write a pinned post for the memorialized profile (ex: to share a final message on behalf of the deceased loved one or provide information about a memorial service)
- Respond to new friend requests
- Update the profile and cover photos
Legacy contacts cannot:
- Log into the memorialized account
- Remove or change past posts, photos or anything on the Timeline
- Read messages sent to other friends
- Remove any friends
Memorializing an account:
- A family member or close friend can notify Facebook of a person’s passing. Click here to go to Facebook’s
‘Memorialization Request’ form.
- Login information cannot be provided
Memorialized accounts feature:
- The word Remembering will be shown next to the person’s name on their profile
- Depending on the privacy settings of the account, friends can share memories on the memorialized Timeline
- Content the person shared (ex: photos, posts) stays on Facebook and is visible to the audience it was shared with
- Memorialized profiles don’t appear in public spaces such as in suggestions for People You May Know, ads or birthday reminders
- No one can log into a memorialized account
- Memorialized accounts that don’t have a legacy contact cannot be changed
To request your account be deleted when you pass away:
Once in your Facebook go to Settings and Privacy. Then Settings > Memorialization Settings. Click on ‘Request that your account be deleted after you pass away.’ This will be done once they receive notification of your death.
Requesting Deletion of an account:
Documentation must be provided to prove the request is being made by an immediate family member or executor of the account holder.
Required: A scan or photo of the loved one’s death certificate. If one is not available proof of authority (proof you are an executor) or proof of death.
Accepted documents for proof of authority:
- Power of attorney,
- Birth certificate,
- Last will and testament,
- Estate letter.
Accepted documents for proof of death:
- Memorial card.
The information on the documentation provided must match the information on the loved one’s account.
Personal information Facebook does not need should be covered up on these documents (ex. Social Insurance number).
Click on this link for more information and to fill out Instagram’s Request to Memorialize a Deceased Person’s Instagram Account form.
To memorialize: proof of death is required. Accepted documents:
– Link to an obituary or news article.
No login information will be provided to the person requesting memorialization. Account will be secured.
The account will appear no different than before, but will not appear in any public places (ex. Explore Section).
Verified immediate family members may request removal of an account of a loved one. Proof of identity of being an executor or representative of his or her estate is required as well as: loved one’s birth and death certificate.
To learn more and fill out Instagram’s Removal Request for Deceased Person on Instagram form click here.
To deactivate an account submit a request through Twitter’s Help Centre.
Twitter will work with an executor or verified immediate family member. Information required: copy of ID for person submitting information, and copy of loved one’s death certificate. Additional verifiable information may be asked of the person submitting the request.
Information will be confidential and account will be removed once reviewed.
Sick of the world’s leading social network? Say good-bye to all those ‘friends’ by following these instructions. Here’s how to delete Facebook.
Recent events, or just the general state of social media, might have you contemplating a break from Facebook. That’s not an option for everyone; in that case, tighten up your account settings.
But if the social network skeeves you out, if you’ve finally had enough, there are ways to extricate yourself. If you’re ready for a break, here’s how to delete Facebook.
Facebook gives you two options: deactivate or delete
The first couldn’t be easier. On the desktop, click the drop-down menu at the top-right of your screen and select Settings & Privacy > Settings. Click Your Facebook Information on the left. Scroll down and you’ll see Deactivate and Deletion at the bottom. (Here’s the direct link to use while logged in.)
If you’re on mobile, navigate to the three-line hamburger menu at the bottom, then navigate to Settings & Privacy > Settings > Personal Information > Manage Account > Deactivate on iOS or Android.
Facebook doesn’t take this lightly—it’ll do whatever it can to keep you around, including emotional blackmail about how much your friends will miss you.
“Deactivation” is not the same as leaving Facebook. Yes, your timeline will disappear, you won’t have access to the site or your account via mobile apps, friends can’t post or contact you, and you’ll lose access to all those third-party services that use (or require) Facebook for login. But Facebook does not delete the account. Why? So you can reactivate it later. It says it right there as you deactivate: “This can be temporary.”
Just in case that expected re-activation isn’t in your future, download a copy of all your data on Facebook—posts, photos, videos, chats, etc.—from menu for Settings & Privacy > Settings > Your Facebook Information > Download Your Information > View. What you find might surprise you.
To fully delete your Facebook account forever, go to facebook.com/help/delete_account. Just be aware that, per the Facebook data use policy, “after you remove information from your profile or delete your account, copies of that information may remain viewable elsewhere to the extent it has been shared with others, it was otherwise distributed pursuant to your privacy settings, or it was copied or stored by other users.”
Translation: if you wrote a comment on a friend’s status update or photo, it will remain even after you delete your own profile. Some of your posts and pictures may hang around for as long as 90 days after deletion, as well, though just on Facebook servers, not live on the site.
There is a deletion grace period of 30 days. That means there is a month before Facebook really gets rid of your account, just in case you change your mind. It’s just one more way Facebook cares.
Deletion (or Memorial) on Behalf of Others
If you want to notify Facebook about a user you know is under 13, report the account, you narc. If Facebook can “reasonably verify” the account is used by someone underage—Facebook bans kids under 13 to comply with federal law—it will delete the account instantly, without informing anyone.
There is also the option to turn the account into a memorial page for loved ones to leave messages and memories
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It might not be something that the generation before us had to consider, but turning off someone’s Facebook page after they’ve died is just one more thing that needs to be arranged.
Many of us have social media profiles but if you’ve never had to turn off someone’s account before, you probably wouldn’t even know how.
Our little corners of the internet hold so much of our personal information, and with regular memories popping up and those handy birthday reminders, simply leaving it idle could lead to some pretty painful reminders.
So we’ve put together this handy guide on everything you need to know including steps you can take with your own account.
So let’s start with Facebook, arguably the biggest social network there is.
What’s important to know about this site is that switching off someone’s account is not the only option, it can also be memorialised.
But if you are set on removing your loved one’s account from Facebook, you’ll need to prove that you are an immediate family member or executor of the account holder.
Facebook states that the fastest way of doing this is to scan and send your loved one’s death certificate.
But if you don’t have this, you can submit one of the following to prove your authority:
● Power of attorney
● Last will and testament
And one of the following for proof of death:
You can submit a request to Facebook via this link.
How do I memorialise an account?
With so many photos stored on our Facebook accounts, you may not like the idea of simply deleting all of those precious memories.
That’s where memorialising an account should be considered. It can become a place where family and friends can gather to share memories.
Once Facebook is informed of an account holder’s passing, the word Remembering will show next to their name.
So what’s different about a memorialised account?
One important difference is that no one will be allowed to log in to the account. It also won’t show in suggested friends, or send birthday reminders.
Pages where the sole admin is an account that’s been memorialised will also be deleted.
While no one can log in to the account, it can be managed by someone else providing they’ve been added as a legacy contact.
You can send a memorialisation request here.
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What is a legacy contact?
A legacy contact is someone who has been given permission to manage the account. They are able to do the following:
● Write a pinned post for the memorialised profile
● Respond to new friend requests
● Update the profile picture and cover photo
What are my options for my own account?
What happens to your account in the event of your own death might not be something that you’ve thought about but Facebook now allows you to prepare for this.
As previously mentioned, a legacy contact is able to manage a memorialised account. You can assign these contacts with the following steps:
● Go to your settings under the Settings & Privacy tab
● Click Memorialisation settings.
● Type in a friend’s name and then click Add.
● To let your friend know they’re now your legacy contact, click Send.
Your legacy contact will be notified if your account becomes memorialised.
Another option is to choose to have your account permanently deleted should you pass away.
So if someone informs Facebook of your death, all of your messages, photos, posts, comments, reactions and information will be immediately and permanently removed.
Again, this option can be found in your Settings & Privacy tab. Scroll down and click on Request that your account be deleted after you pass away and click Delete after death.
What about Twitter and Instagram?
Similarly to Facebook, accounts on Instagram can either be deleted or memorialised. And in doing so also means that no one can log into the account and it won’t appear in certain places on the app, like Explore.
While all of the user’s photos and videos will stay in Instagram, no one will be able to make any changes including the profile photo.
If you’d like to request an account to be memorialised, submit this form to Instagram.
And of course, you can also get in touch to ask that the account is deleted. To do this you’ll need to provide proof that you are immediate family or in charge of the estate.
Twitter works in very much the same way as Instagram and Facebook whereby only those who have the required proof are able to request an account is deleted – those in charge of the estate or immediate family.
Once you’ve contacted Twitter, they’ll be in touch to ask for more details including information about the deceased, a copy of your ID, and a copy of the deceased’s death certificate.
Providing this evidence is to help prevent any false reports of death.