May 15, 2023

What Happens to Your Social Media When You Die?

Millennials face digital end-of-life planning

From an article by John Dias published in the CBS News web site:

Millennials were the first digitally-native generation, and now they’re some of the first planning for their digital end.

When you think about end-of-life planning, having a well thought out plan for how you want your social media accounts handled may not have been a popular topic in the past. But for millennials, it’s a new thought process: Who controls your social media when you’re gone? 

“This stuff can out live you in ways that tangible stuff may not,” said Mitch Mitchell, associate counsel of estate planning at Trust & Will. “Used to be family photo albums, or tax returns and things you would leave in boxes.” 

Facebook was created in 2004, Twitter in 2006, Instagram in 2010 and TikTok in 2016. Nearly 20 years of social media means two decades of information, pictures and videos uploaded for countless to see. 

Millennials have been around for all of it. Which is why Mitchell says some are thinking about what will happen to their digital legacy upon death. 

Many are now designating a particular person to control their social media, called a legacy contact or digital executor. 

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