Ever thought about what would happen to your social-media channels if you died? Morbid topic we know, but we’re currently in an age where Instagram, Twitter and Facebook are used for far more than just staying in touch with friends and family. Social media allows you to create a personal brand, send private messages and even serves as a business for thousands of influencers. Maybe no one is interested in inheriting an account with 250 followers, but if you have 42 million like Gigi Hadid, your Instagram is a valuable asset. Can you really afford to risk your passwords getting into the wrong hands?
This has been noted by The Wills Service Centre at the Dubai Financial Centre (DIFC) who have confirmed that anyone with a will registered in Dubai can now choose someone to pass on their social-media accounts to should the worst happen. If you’d prefer privacy, there’s also an option to deactivate all your accounts and erase your digital footprint completely. In a recent survey, 89 per cent of UAE residents said that they would prefer this option.
This new clarification follows a ruling in Germany where the Federal Court found that heirs have the right to access Facebook accounts of relatives who have passed away. This takes parents’ or family’s rights a step further from Facebook’s current ‘legacy contract’ and allows them full control over the deceased’s account, including the ability to read and respond to private messages, as well as updating the timeline.
It may seem premature to consider the task of writing a will, but it might be worth considering if you want to remain in full control of your social accounts in both life and death.
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