What About My Estate Plan For Tik Tok, Pinterest, and Twitter?
In our last two posts, we address if you have an Estate Plan for Your Facebook Account and your Google Account? But what if you have other social media accounts? Unlike Facebook and Google, other social media companies do not allow you to choose an agent, Legacy Contact, or an Inactive Account Manager.
Snapchat, Instagram, Tik Tok, Twitter, and Pinterest all have slightly different policies:
- Snapchat states that their privacy policies do not allow them to grant access to the account to anyone else other than the account holder. They will delete the account for you if you provide them with a copy of the death certificate. To memorialize an account, Instagram requires proof like an obituary, death certificate, or news article.
- Instagram states when you pass away, the account can be reported and memorialized, or deleted if requested by an immediate family member.
- Twitter, the only option, when you pass away, is to have your account deactivated. To deactivate an account, Twitter requires an immediate family member to present the account holder’s death certificate and an ID.
- Pinterest states that when you pass away, they will deactivate your profile if requested by a family member. However, they do not provide any additional information. But they do state that they will not give out any confidential account information such as login information.
Unfortunately, there are not a lot of Estate Planning options with the above types of accounts. We include a section in your Estate Planning Documents that appoints an agent for your digital media in case there are any issues. If you want your social media accounts deleted or to remain online after you pass away, we will need to address that specifically in your Estate Planning documents.
If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to your attorney or contact us. Our office is located in Houston, Texas, off of NASA Parkway in the Clear Lake League City area.