You have over 10,000 followers on Twitter, 5000 friends on Facebook, and another 6000 over at Instagram. In addition to this, you have a couple of blogs, and of cause some email addresses to back up your heavy digital presence. You are a bigwig.
You are just like a rich real estate investor, only that your estates are virtual. Now, this subjects you to all the legacy and inheritance woes. Questions like what happens to my Twitter account when I die or who can use my Facebook account after am dead become a true bother.
So what ‘does’ happen to your digital assets after your death?
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Facebook can delete a deceased’s account or convert it into a memorial profile. It however will not delete any accounts without a formal request from owners. Someone must however comprehensive application with proof of death to initiate the process. Deleting the account would be simple.
Converting it into a memorial, however, involves removing sensitive information like contacts and addresses, disabling status updates and doing away with the login functionality for that profile. Moreover, Facebook takes the profile to private locking away any trolls who might want to crash the grieving.
Google has elaborate instructions on account takeover at its help documents. The required information might include proof of death (death certificate and a link to obituaries of article of the death), an email from the deceased and most importantly proof that you are a legal heir of his or her estate.
The raven also has help documents. The main Twitter approach to the problem is by removing the account or helping family members backup the tweets. You will need your full names, the relationship with the person in question, a link to obituaries, your full names and definitely the profile in question.
Yahoo is a no nonsense enforcer. Submitting a death certificate sets the account termination cogs in motion. Maybe this excerpt from their TCA will tell it better
No Right of Survivorship and Non-Transferability. You agree that your Yahoo! account is non-transferable and any rights to your Yahoo! ID or contents within your account terminate upon your death. Upon receipt of a copy of a death certificate, your account may be terminated and all contents therein permanently deleted.