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 Social Media Accounts
As the world around us becomes more and more digital, families are left wondering what to do
with these online accounts that did not have to be addressed just a decade ago. Below are some of the most popular social media sites and how to take care of a loved one’s online accounts.
Facebook:
Facebook will deactivate an account upon request, but also gives the added choice of designating one of your Facebook friends to be a legacy contact.
A legacy contact is someone that you choose
to look after your account if it’s memorialized. Facebook adds a “Remembering” badge to the profile, hides the profile from public spaces, and prevents anyone from logging onto the account. You can give the chosen legacy contact the ability to maintain the page with limited permissions and you can decide if they can download a copy of what you’ve shared on Facebook.
When you die the legacy contact can decide if they want to deactivate the account or memorialize your page.
Twitter:
A family or friend will have to contact Twitter in order to deactivate the account.
LinkedIn:
A family or friend will have to contact LinkedIn in order to deactivate the account. There is a form that must be filled out and submitted to LinkedIn in order for the deactivation to take place.
Instagram:
Like Facebook, Instagram will deactivate an account upon request or allows for the option of memorializing the account.
When an account is memorialized accounts are hidden from public spaces, accounts cannot be changed in any way, and prevents anyone from logging onto the account.
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