Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Deaths Pose Social Media Problems

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Deaths Pose Social Media Problems

Article excerpt

MY fictitious client, Victor Lawless, recently lost his mother and he has been appointed executor of her estate.

Vic's mother was a 'hip grandma' - she was very active on social media, including Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Google emails.

She "liked" and "shared" content and even on occasion, "poked" friends!

Being restricted in leaving the house, Vic's mother also did a lot of online shopping, using Paypal.

What happens to someone's social media, email and digital assets when they die?

Well, if not dealt with properly, they could be hacked and the deceased could fall victim to identity fraud and have money stolen.

This is emerging as a huge problem.

According to an article published by the ABC, around 8000 Facebook account holders die every day, with some estimates putting the number of profiles belonging to dead people as 30million.

Previously there was no ability for an account holder to make arrangements for death. …

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