Dying Matters: What Happens to Your Twitter Account When You Die


Continuing on with social media and dying matters, we’re moving onto another social network: TWITTER!

Twitter has one of the simplest policies when it comes to the death of one its users, however, unlike Facebook’s Legacy Contact, you can’t officially appoint someone to look after your account (except at your own discretion). In the event of the death of a user, another person who is authorised to act on behalf of the estate or a verified family member can have the account deactivated. You can request the removal here.


However, Twitter states that they are unable to provide account access to anyone, regardless of his or her relationship to the deceased. In this case, it’s perhaps better to give your password and login details to someone you trust too before you remove the account or simply just leave it untouched.

After you submit your details to Twitter, they will email back with instructions for providing more information about you and the deceased like your ID and a copy of the deceased’s death certificate.

A Twitter Archive

Sometimes, it’s nice to look back on a person’s tweets and remember them through words. To do this, you can request an archive of the Tweets. You can do this before you pass away or alternatively, as mentioned above a person with your login details can request the information under their name.

(Image via Mollie Vandor on Twitter)

Once you have your archive, the Tweets can be viewed by month, or search to find Tweets with certain words, hashtags or usernames.

To request an archive, go to the settings and scroll down to the bottom where you will see the request button. You will then receive email instructions on how to access your archive when it’s ready.

Removal of certain imagery

Interestingly enough, Twitter will only remove imagery of deceased individuals in certain circumstances. Here’s what they say:

“Immediate family members and other authorised individuals may request the removal of images or video of deceased individuals, from when critical injury occurs to the moments before or after death, by sending a request to Twitter Inc. via our privacy form. 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”.

Read more: What to do with a Facebook account when a person dies 

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Hello! Úna-Minh is a journalist, social media consultant and virtual assistant who loves (you guessed it) TRAVEL. She also feels a bit strange writing in the third person so she'll stop that now. You can find out more about me and my Mammy in the about section of this blog!

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