August 20, 2014 - 14:39 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Twitter said late Tuesday, Aug 20, it will remove images and videos of deceased people upon the request of family members, but it put conditions on the policy, PCWorld reports.
The microblogging service made the announcement a week after the daughter of the late comedian Robin Williams said she would quit Twitter after receiving gruesome images of him from online trolls.
The move also comes as Twitter tried to delete images and video depicting the death of U.S. photojournalist James Foley, who was killed by the militant group Islamic State, better known as ISIS.
“In order to respect the wishes of loved ones, Twitter will remove imagery of deceased individuals in certain circumstances,” Twitter spokesman Nu Wexler said in a message about the update to its policies.
“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.”
Twitter, which boasts 271 million active monthly users, posted details of the policy that require the estate or a person’s family member to provide documents such as copies of a death certificate and government-issued identification.
Family members or other authorized people can request the removal of photos or video of deceased people on Twitter “from when critical injury occurs to the moments before or after death,” it said.
Twitter still refuses to provide account access to anyone, even if they are related to the person who has died.