Twitter to Remove Images of Deceased Individuals on Families’ Request

Twitter announced that it will remove images or video of deceased individuals at the request of family members and other authorized individuals from when critical injury occurs to the moments before or after death.

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The company mentioned in it’s Help Center that:

In order for us to process an account deactivation, please provide us with all of the following information by sending an e-mail to

  1. The username of the deceased user’s Twitter account (e.g., @username or
  2. A copy of the deceased user’s death certificate
  3. A copy of your government-issued ID (e.g., driver’s license)
  4. A signed statement including:
  • Your first and last name
  • Your email address
  • Your current contact information
  • Your relationship to the deceased user or their estate
  • Action requested (e.g., ‘please deactivate the Twitter account’)
  • A brief description of the details that evidence this account belongs to the deceased, if the name on the account does not match the name on death certificate.
  • A link to an online obituary or a copy of the obituary from a local newspaper (optional)

“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.”

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