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Tweeting from the grave

The digital age could bring with it digital death in the near future if a bill from Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, D-Brooklyn, becomes law.

He wants to allow people to choose a representative in their will who will have the ability to take over their digital presence, whether it is on Facebook, Twitter, email or whatever. The rationale for this handover is so the accounts can be deactivated and essentially die with the user.

“It is important that we have options for individuals who may not want to continue an online presence after they have passed,” said Ortiz in a press release. “This legislation provides personal representative with the authority to take control of and terminate these accounts.”

He argues that the legislation is needed to account for the fact that most social media and online sources aren’t built to verify when a user has died.

His release notes that other states are considering similar legislation and that Oklahoma and Nebraska have already enacted the legislation into law.

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