Deceased individuals


March 2023

Sharing images or videos of a deceased individual can cause serious distress to the deceased’s family and can also negatively impact the well-being of others who view this content. Out of respect for the deceased and those impacted by their death, as well as to decrease the impact of unintended exposure to graphic media, we may ask you to remove images and videos that depict the death of an identifiable person. 

If you want to request the deactivation of a deceased person’s account, immediate family members and those authorized to act on behalf of the estate can do so via our deactivation form.


What is a violation of this policy?

Under this policy, we may ask you to remove images or videos that were taken at the point of, immediately before, or after someone’s death, if we receive a request from their family or an authorized representative. Sharing excessively gruesome images or videos, or sharing media depicting a deceased individual for sadistic purposes is also not permitted. 

Examples of the type of content that we may action under this policy includes, but is not limited to:

  • images or videos where a reasonably identifiable person is clearly deceased; 
  • images or videos that depicts the murder of an identifiable individual;
  • excessively gruesome media that depicts the death of an identifiable person; and
  • images or videos of an identifiable deceased person, shared for sadistic purposes, including media accompanied by content that:
    • laughs at or otherwise mocks the deceased; and
    • takes pleasure in the suffering of the deceased.

What is not a violation of this policy?

X takes public interest factors into account when reviewing reports related to images and videos that depict deceased individuals. In limited circumstances, we might not remove this media, and/or limit its exposure, even on receipt of a valid report, e.g., police shootings or other newsworthy events.

Who can report violations of this policy?

Content reportable by anyone 

We recognize that it can be difficult for those impacted to report this content for review. To reduce the burden on those affected, anyone can report the following types of content:

  • media depicting excessively gruesome content; and
  • media depicting deceased individuals shared for sadistic purposes. 

Content reportable by family members (or authorized representative)

For other types of content that features an identifiable deceased individual, we need to receive a report directly from an immediate family member or authorized representative, e.g., lawyer, to ensure that we have sufficient context before taking any enforcement action.

How can I report violations of this policy?

You can report this content for review via our private information report form, by selecting "Me," "Someone I am authorized to represent," or "Somebody else;" then choosing “unauthorized photo or video” from the list of options.

What happens if you violate this policy?

We may permanently suspend your account if the majority of your activity on X is sharing this type of media.

If you share this type of media in live video and profile images – the first time you violate this policy, we will require you to remove this content. If you violate this policy again after your first warning, your account may be permanently suspended.

If shared in a post, we may require you to remove this content, even if  shared inadvertently or to express shock, disbelief, or to denounce violent events.

If you believe that your account was suspended in error, you can submit an appeal.

Additional resources

Learn more about our range of enforcement options and our approach to policy development and enforcement.

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