Twitter to remove images of deceased at families' request

Micro blogging site will attempt to honour every request

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Twitter to remove images of deceased at families' request Immediate family members and other authorised individuals may request the removal of images or videos of deceased individuals. (Getty Images)
By  Helen Gaskell Published  August 20, 2014

Twitter Inc has announced that it will remove images or videos of deceased individuals at the request of family members.

"In the event of the death of a Twitter user, we can work with a person authorised to act on the behalf of the estate or with a verified immediate family member of the deceased to have an account deactivated.

"In order to respect the wishes of loved ones, Twitter will remove imagery of deceased individuals in certain circumstances," according to a statement tweeted by Twitter spokesman Nu Wexler on Tuesday.

Immediate family members and other authorised individuals may request the removal of images or videos of deceased individuals, from when critical injury occurs to the moments before or after death, the statement said.

However, the micro blogging site said that when reviewing removal requests, it will consider public interest factors such as the newsworthiness of the content and may not be able to honour every request.

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