A sadly timely update
Instagram has released a new ‘memorialization‘ feature that takes over when a user has passed away. The feature was apparently released early due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
‘We’ve been working on these updates for some time, though this is one — among others — that we’ve accelerated in light of COVID-19 to help support our community during a difficult time.’, shared Instagram rep Liz Crenshaw.
The add-on is evident through a gray ‘remembering’ banner below the deceased person’s name. When you click on it, a text pops up on the bottom along with a single rose.
‘This account has been memorialized. Memorialized accounts are a place to remember and celebrate someone’s life after they’ve passed away.’ the text reads.
Late artists such as Sulli, Cameron Boyce, Hara, Jonghyun, and more have since been memorialized by their loved ones.
When memorialized, a deceased person’s IG account can’t be logged in, thus posted pictures, videos, comments, and follower/following count can no longer be changed.
Like Facebook’s ‘Memoriam‘ feature, developments like these are one way of social media helping to cope with grief – despite how morbid it may look.
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