SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Twitter announced this week its commitment to deal with images of the deceased as requested by their family.
The move comes a week after Robin Williams’ daughter Zelda was harassed with fake, but graphic photos of her deceased father, forcing her to abandon the social network all together.
The San Francisco-based company is now jumping on any photos of the horrific ISIS beheading of American journalist James Foley, going so far to even suspend accounts circulating the imagery.
“In order to respect the wishes of loved ones, Twitter will remove imagery of deceased individuals in certain circumstances,” the company posted in a statement detailing the new policy. “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.”
Twitter is reviewing media removal requests emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. But it may not be an easy process for families. The family or estate will have to provide a copy of the death certificate and government ID and wait for the review process.
The company says public interest factors such as the newsworthiness of the content are considered and not every request may be honored.