So, what happens to your social media accounts when you die? Here is an explanation of how each platform handles the situation.

  • Facebook has something in place that allows you to give someone else access to your account when you die. Of course you set this up in advance of your untimely passing.
  • Your Facebook account can also be turned into a memorial account for people to post messages to your page of remembrance and sympathy.
  • Your Twitter account stays active until someone gets in touch with Twitter. Twitter will not give them access to your account, they can only shut it down after showing various documents and proof of who they are.
  • Instagram accounts can not be altered. Posts will stay on the site.
  • Pinterest can deactivate an account if they receive a death certificate.
  • Google will allow you to set up an Inactive Account Manager to delete email after a period of inactivity.

So, let your wishes be known in your will (with regard to your social media accounts). Write down all of your usernames and passwords and share them with a loved one that you trust to take care of things once you have passed. It’s the only way  to be sure that your requests are carried out.

Rich Fields is a veteran radio broadcaster who is best known for having been the Announcer on the Price is Right. He is also an Emmy Award winning Meteorologist .