Twitter to remove images of deceased users at the request of family members

Twitter to remove images of deceased users at the request of family members

In an announcement made this week, popular microblogging service Twitter reiterated its commitment to deal with images of its deceased users as requested by their family and other authorized individuals.

Twitter said that, at the request of the family members of the deceased, it will remove the images and videos of the deceased users from its site. However, the company also warned alongside that it may not be able to honor all requests for removal of images of the deceased.

The announcement by Twitter comes within days of actor Robin Williams' suicide. Williams' daughter Zelda, 25, was forced to quit the social network because she was harassed by fake graphic photos of her deceased father, as well as online trolls that bullied and jeered at her over her father's suicide.

Twitter's announcement to remove images of the dead also comes hours after photos and a video seemingly showing the ghastly beheading of US journalist James Foley by Islamic State jihadists (ISIS) started circulating on the platform.

In its statement detailing the new policy with regard to the images of the deceased, Twitter said: "In order to respect the wishes of loved ones, Twitter will remove imagery of deceased individuals in certain circumstances." The company further added: "Immediate family members and other authorized individuals may request the removal of images or video of deceased individuals, from when critical injury occurs to the moments before or after death."

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