Memorialising a social media account when someone dies

Memorialising a social media account when someone dies

Robbie Malinga's son took over his late father's Instagram account to show off what he is doing with his inheritance.

Robbie Malinga
Instagram - Robbie Malinga

It's not an unfamiliar trend, taking control of your late family or friend's social media accounts and paying tribute to them, but Robbie Malinga's 17-year-old son is putting his own twist on remembering his father. 

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Robbie Malinga Jnr has caused a little storm over some of the content he has chosen to post. It all began with a video of him stepping out of a luxury car and announcing that he will be taking over the verified account, which has since been about his cool clothing and very expensive cars. 


A post shared by Robbie Malinga Jnr (@robbiemalinga) on


A post shared by Robbie Malinga Jnr (@robbiemalinga) on

Since his takeover, there has been no mention of his father. 

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I get taking over the social media account of a loved one, almost as a healing mechanism, but I feel that it needs to be done respectfully. 

Personally, if my mom has a social media account and she passed on, I would not take over the account, make myself the profile picture, and then post myself riding in a 14-seater limousine. 

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This young guy's actions feel like arrogance to me and not respect. 

Based on the comments he has been receiving, I am not alone here:

According to Facebook, you are allowed to memorialise someone's account in the following way: 

"Memorialising the account keeps the account active, but it will no longer be searchable, accept new ‘friends’ nor appear in ‘People You May Know’ boxes, nor can anyone log in to the profile. It has the word ‘Remembering’ next to the name, and is a good place for friends to share memories or see existing posts or photos the deceased has shared with friends."

Would you grant access to a loved one to run your social media accounts when you pass on?

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