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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Twitter's New Policy Removes Images of Deceased

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Late Tuesday Twitter indicated it would be removing images and videos of deceased people at the request of family members; however, it put conditions on the policy. 

Twitter made this announcement a week after the daughter of the late comedian Robin Williams said she would quit Twitter after she received repugnant images of her father from online trolls.  The policy also comes after Twitter attempted to delete images and video depicting the gruesome death of U.S. photojournalist James Foley, who was killed by the militant group Islamic State (ISIS).  “In order to respect the wishes of loved ones, Twitter will remove imagery of deceased individuals in certain circumstances . . . When reviewing such media removal requests, Twitter considers public interest factors such as the newsworthiness of the content and may not be able to honor every request.”

The policy compels the estate or a person’s family member provides documents, such as a copy of a death certificate and government issued identification.  Yet Twitter continues to refuse to afford account access to anyone, even if they are related to the person who has died.

See Tim Hornyak, Twitter to Remove Images of Deceased Upon Request, IT News, Aug. 20, 2014.

Special thanks to Joseph Jacobson (Texas attorney) for bringing this article to my attention.

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