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Twitter will remove photos of a deceased person if their family requests it

Twitter has created a new policy meaning that family members can request images of a deceased loved one are removed from the website.

Coming after Zelda Williams quit Twitter following trolls sending mocked-up images of father Robin Williams after his death, the new policy will cover "from when critical injury occurs to the moments before or after death".

While warning that it may not be able to honour every request, the policy states that public interest factors – including if the story would be considered newsworthy – will be taken into account.

This comes at the same time as the platform is “actively suspending” accounts that have tweeted pictures purporting to be of American journalist James Foley being beheaded.

Earlier this month, Twitter’s head of trust and safety, Del Harvey, promised to change its policies.

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