Now, social media accounts are not just a part of our virtual world, but our life itself.
What happens to social accounts when the inevitable and uncertain death will come one day? Are accounts dying too? Can the remaining relatives claim a right? Is there a legal obstacle to the transfer of accounts with economic value and return to the heirs?
Tony Anscombe, Senior Security Specialist at the cyber security organization ESET, is also pondering this issue. According to Anscombe, one of the most important aspects is whether you want your social media profiles to be memorized or deleted, or leave that decision to others after you die.
Most service providers when reporting someone's death; He wants common documents such as a power of attorney, birth certificate, will or letter of inheritance. Official documents confirming death, such as death certificate, may also need to be submitted. Some of the popular services approach the issue as follows:
* Facebook: Allows you to appoint an heiress and gives the assigned person the power to remember the account and post a final message. The heiress can also delete unwanted commemorative messages, remove tags, respond to friend requests, request account deletion. To mark an heir on Facebook, you can review the section "How do I add an heir to my account or change or remove my account heir on Facebook?" And follow the instructions. Another option is to ask for the account to be deleted.
* Twitter: First of all, they emphasize that the account information and access of the deceased cannot be given to anyone, even if they are a first-degree family member. The only option is eventual account closure. Twitter is already closing accounts that have not been used for six months.
* Instagram: Does not allow you to assign an heir like Facebook. The account can be remembered and deleted with different online forms that need to be filled. These forms should include proof of death, such as death certificate. If the account is to be deleted, this should be done by the closest family member who can prove their closeness and authority.
* Google: Using an "Inactive Account Manager". If users do not log in to their account within the specified period, a 1 month advance notice is sent to a previously registered phone number and e-mail address. The standby time can be set as 3, 6, 12 or 18 months without being active. The next step is to choose who to be notified if you have not responded after the period of inactivity and what data and services they can access.
* Linkedin: It offers the opportunity to request the closure of a deceased person's account. When making a request; You must provide information and documents such as the deceased member's name, the URL of their LinkedIn profiles, your level of affinity with him, the Member's e-mail address, date of death, obituary link, and last company he worked for. The application is made by filling out the Profile Removal form.
* Apple: When an Apple user dies, their account dies too. However, when an application is made with a court order stating that the deceased's personal information and digital accounts are the rightful heirs, it is possible to get it back from Apple.