After images of journalist’s beheading spread, Twitter creates policy to remove them

Families can request for images to be taken down, though Twitter warns that factors such as newsworthiness will be taken into account.

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In order to respect the wishes of loved ones, Twitter will remove imagery of deceased individuals in certain circumstances. 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, by sending an e-mail to

Twitter has reportedly been suspending users who have posted violent images from ISIL’s video, which has led some observers to wonder whether news sources that posted photos would be punished, too.

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