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IN Science & Technology ON 24 Oct, 2016
Death, well death is something which is an unavoidable part of human life, but our social media profiles want us to live forever. Certainly, it is not possible, you can just have a caretaker of your account. As the technology is advancing day by day, people too are getting advanced. More and more people are joining all the latest social media sites just to share their interest and daily routine of their lives.
If a deceased user has kept all the login details unknown, then getting into and obtaining valuable information is a tough task for the known ones i.e. family members. In a majority of the cases, these social media profiles of the users tend to remain active even after the death of the user's.
To solve this problem, a number of websites and social media that collect the complete information of the users have implemented some policies for the one's in the need to take care of a decreased user's account. Here's a short view of the web's biggest user-friendly sites which help you in getting contact, so that you can gain control of deceased loved one's account or shut it completely.
On Facebook, there are two standard choices while you are dealing with a deceased user's account and in addition to this, there is a new legacy contact option which has been recently introduced. Firstly, what you have to do is to choose the user's account and turn it into a memorial page. Facebook leaves the user's profile active but prevents the memorialized page from being an active user's page.
Social media like Facebook is very supportive as it takes some extra steps in securing the account in order to protect the privacy of the deceased user's account. To make a user's account into a memorialized, a friend or family member just need to fill up and submit a Memorialization Request.
Basically, what you need to do is to provide them with a proof of the user's death, so that Facebook can do their investigation and then approve your request. The other simplest option which you have is to ask the Facebook to close the account of the deceased user. Facebook will accept this request from a close family member and would ask them to fill up a Special Request for Deceased Person's Account.
Once you make a Memorialization Request, Facebook will allow the legacy contact to undertake the profile after the user has passed away. By providing them the power to make a memorial post at the top of the deceased user's profile, update pictures, answer to friend request and download a link to their information.
The legacy contact will be provided with all the power of managing the options from their own accounts and will not have to sign in into the deceased user's account again and again.
To opt for a legacy contact, you need to approach your setting options and under that tab on the Security Option and click on the Legacy Contact Option which appears on the bottom. If you don't want to have a legacy contact, in that case, you can let Facebook know that you want to delete your profile permanently after you die.
According to Google, it may help you in providing with the contents of Google account or Gmail account to " authorized representative" of the deceased user. There is no assurance that you may gain permission to the account, Google makes it certain that it will carefully analysis all the applications for this type of the request.
You just require to fax or mail a list of all the important documents to Google, including a copy of the death certificate of the deceased user as a valid proof.
After reviewing all your documents, Google will inform you through an email and will let you know whether the decisions have been made in order to proceeding towards the next step or not.
In April of 2013, Google introduced Inactive Account Manager to guide the users in planning about their digital afterlives, which can be used by any user in telling the Google about what to do with someone's digital assets after they die.
Twitter says that it will not provide any power to a deceased user's account regardless of your relationship with the user. It will just accept the request for deactivating the deceased user's account either from a family member or an authorized person which represent him or her.
You just need to provide Twitter with deceased person's username, a copy of their death certificate, copy of your government issued Id and a signed statement with the list of all the beneficial details, which you can easily obtain from Twitter Support. For completing your request, you need to send a documentation either through fax or through mail so that Twitter can verify it and deactivate your account.
Pinterest will not give the account to any other representative rather it will deactivate the user's account directly. You just need to provide Pinterest with the list of some required information including proof of user's death along with that you have to send Pinterest an email. You need to provide a copy of the user's death certificate in order to deactivate the deceased user's account.
Instagram has some privacy settings where it asks you to get in touch with the company about a deceased user. You will have to send an email to Instagram to deactivate your account. Just like Facebook, you need to fill up a form for the deactivation of account, along with that you need to submit a proof of death.
Although Google grants you with a permission to approach to the content of deceased user's account but Yahoo will not.
If you want to deactivate your Yahoo account, then the deceased user account will be deactivated only when you send them a mail or fax them including a request letter, Yahoo Id, proof that you have been authorized to act as a personal representative and a copy of death as a proof.
PayPal account can be closed, but one thing is that the PayPal asks the estate executor to send a list of essential information over by fax which should essential include cover letter of the request, a copy of death certificate, a copy of deceased user legal documentation authenticating that the person making the request is genuine to act on behalf on them and copy of photo identification of the estate executor.
On certain approval, PayPal will close the account and issue a check in the account holder's name if any funds have been left unused in the user account.
A proper forecast is needed ahead for how your digital assets will be handled after you are gone has become just as essential as all your other assets.
For more details, you can refer to the following and check out About.com Death & Dying Expert's article on How to Take Care of Your Digital Legacy.