Twitter this week committed to removing images of the deceased as requested by their family.
The move comes a week after Robin Williams’s daughter, Zelda, was forced to abandon the social network after certain users posted fake but disturbing images of her father online.
The update also coincides with the recent death of American photojournalist James Foley, who was killed by an ISIS terrorist in retaliation for U.S. military operations in Iraq.
“In order to respect the wishes of loved ones, Twitter will remove imagery of deceased individuals in certain circumstances,” the Twitter support page said. “Immediate family members and other authorized individuals may request the removal of images or video of deceased individuals, from when critical injury occurs to the moments before or after death.”
Twitter will review media removal requests emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org; those situations considered public interest factors, such as the newsworthiness of the content, may not be honored.
In the wake of Robin Williams’ suicide, Zelda issued a statement thanking people for their support, and acknowledged those who were “sending negativity” by joking that “some smart, giggling part of [Robin] is sending a flock of pigeons to your house to poop on your car. Right after you’ve had it washed. After all, he loved to laugh, too.”