Twitter To Take Down Photos, Videos of Deceased at Family's Request

Aug 20, 2014 11:00 AM EDT | Jordan Ecarma

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Twitter has said that the site will remove images and videos of the deceased at the request of family members, although newsworthiness will also be factored into the decision of whether or not to take down the content.

"In order to respect the wishes of loved ones, Twitter will remove imagery of deceased individuals in certain circumstances," Twitter spokesman Nu Wexler said in a tweet to update users on the new policy.  

"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 change follows Zelda Williams' announcement last week that she was leaving Twitter due to cruel trolls that sent her Photoshopped images of comedian Robin Williams, her deceased father, noted.

Twitter has been working to remove photos and video that portray the death of American journalist James Foley after he was killed by ISIS militants.

The microblogging site still won't give account access even to family members of a deceased Twitter user, said.

Twitter has long struggled in the support department, seemingly favoring a lack of constraints for users over protecting against abuse.

Facebook allows people who have been verified as immediate family members to request that a deceased individual's account be removed, according to Reuters.

The law code is still playing catchup with online accounts and other advances in technology. Delaware recently became the first state to bequeath email, Facebook and other online accounts to family members of a deceased person as physical assets.

Additionally covering online banking and shopping, the law hands over connected devices such as laptops, tablets and phones as well as "any similar storage device which currently exists or may exist as technology develops" to the person's family and the executor of the will.

The law for now only appears to apply to Delaware residents.

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