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Twitter to remove images of deceased on request

Immediate family members and other authorised individuals may request the removal of images.

Twitter says it will remove images or videos of deceased individuals at the request of family members. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Twitter Inc. says it will remove images or videos of deceased individuals at the request of family members.

"In order to respect the wishes of loved ones, Twitter will remove imagery of deceased individuals in certain circumstances," according to a statement tweeted by Twitter spokesman Nu Wexler on Tuesday.

Immediate family members and other authorised individuals may request the removal of images or videos of deceased individuals, from when critical injury occurs to the moments before or after death, the statement said.

However, the micro-messaging service said it will consider public interest factors such as the newsworthiness of the content while reviewing such media removal requests and may not be able to honour every request.

Facebook Inc. also allows verified immediate family members to request the removal of a deceased person's Facebook account.

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