Unless you deactivate them, your social media accounts could outlive you. So what happens to them after you die? It depends.
What happens to your social media accounts
Recently a former New York Times columnist’s Twitter account was hacked. But the columnist, David Carr, died in 2015.
A handful of Carr’s followers realized the account had been taken over, and Twitter righted the problem soon after. But if Carr hadn’t been such a high-profile person, things might’ve gone differently.
So, what’s a person to do if their deceased loved one leaves behind a digital life? On Twitter, there are really only two options: Leave the account alone or request to have it deactivated.
Other social sites have more options for family members. Facebook users can select a legacy contact in the event of their own passing.
Legacy contacts can memorialize a person’s account, write a pinned post, respond to new friend requests, and update profile and cover photos of the deceased person. But even if no legacy contact is specified for a user who dies, Facebook’s policy is to memorialize accounts of deceased people.