How to manage a deceased person’s profile on social media

If a loved one or friend sadly passes away, and you’re trusted to manage the deceased’s online affairs, you may wish to consider whether you’d like their social media profiles to remain viewable – and, if so, how they should be displayed. Most of the well-known social networks, such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram, come with options for dealing with this sad and difficult time. Read on for a guide to the choices at your disposal.

Facebook

On Facebook, you can request the removal of a loved one’s profile by going to this form. You can ask for the account to be removed, or that it’s memorialized. By choosing the ‘memorialize’ option, you can continue to share memories on the deceased’s page, although this depends on the privacy settings.

Memorialized profiles can’t be logged into, and the word ‘remembering’ will appear alongside the individual’s name to indicate they’ve passed away. They won’t appear in any public search results, or the ‘people you may know’ function.

LinkedIn

On LinkedIn, the process is similar, but there’s no option to ‘memorialize’ the account – it will simply be removed. You’ll need to fill out this form and provide information about the deceased, such as their full name and profile URL.

Twitter

Twitter will deactivate accounts in the event of a death. To request them to do so, you’ll need to contact the company via their Help Center. Simply go to this page, click on the option to ‘request the deactivation of a deceased user’s account’ and follow the on-screen instructions.

Instagram

Instagram also provides options to either remove a deceased user’s account, or memorialize it. Note that you’ll need to provide proof of death, such as an obituary or news article.

If you choose to memorialize the account, Instagram will carefully control the way in which that content is shared, to avoid anything that might upset friends or family. The account will be secured, preventing access to anyone.

For either option, you’ll need to fill out this form.

Making the decision on how to manage a deceased person’s profile can be difficult, but whatever you decide, the process is straightforward. However, if you do have any questions, please do let us know in the comment section below.