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Internet and the Deceased


Can Twitter and Facebook Deal With Their Dead?


What happens to a person’s online content when he dies? This is an impending issue for popular websites such as Twitter and Facebook. Twitter recently released a formal policy for a deceased user’s account. Instead of automatic deletion, a relative must provide proof of the user’s death as well as proof of his identity and his relation to the deceased. Then the relative can decide to keep or delete the content. However, the relative does not gain access to the account. While it may be a hassle to some, it is a step in the right direction. This sort of policy avoids causing anguish for those grieving, since sites like Facebook and Twitter send automatic reminders to contact people, including those that are deceased.


Some psychiatrists say that allowing a person’s content to remain available and accessible aids with bereavement. However, websites are most concerned about protecting the privacy of the deceased. If there are messages or images that were kept secret from relatives in the account, their discovery could cause much discontent for the family. Facebook’s current policy blocks anyone from logging into the deceased’s account and removes other private information once the family provides proof of death. Facebook turns the deceased’s profile into a sort of memorial page. Only people that were previously authorized to view the person’s profile can continue to do so after his death.


Facebook and Twitter are well-known sites that are addressing the issue, but what about accounts on other lesser-known sites that the deceased may have? That is what companies like Legacy Locker handle. They provide digital safe deposit boxes in which a person can store their online accounts and corresponding passwords, and in the event of death, the person’s information will be given to the family. Because this solution may not be viable for everyone, another suggestion is to set up a digital version of the Bereavement Register, a service set up to prevent junk mail from being sent to the deceased. Until a standard is set up for dealing with online content, people that have online content should specify their desires to their family or even keep a digital will.



Ayola Translation

Ye[1] Twiter Ce Feysbuk Povats Kolpare Dyayza Mortoy?

Translation by Desiree Ficarra


Hwo okazats vonu[2] la enlinea gekonteno ja le persono[3] anke[4] dya mortyats? Tiso estats iminenta swalo jvonu populera vebay saytoy[5] kyasu Twiter ce Feysbuk. Twiter recente vipucits formala policio jvonu la akawnto ja le morta uzo. Anstu automatica deletajo, fiso mustats provedare pruvo jwi la uzay mortyajo[6] praytew[7] pruvo jwi dyaza identayto ce la relatayto ji dya cwe la morto[8]. Icpe[9] la fiso povats decidare retenare caw deletare la gekonteno. Icoe, la fiso no gaynats akcesajo jwi la akawnto[10]. Trotske tisa policio mocats estare haslajo fwaru sama personoy, dwa estats stigajo ctworu la korekta direkciono[11]. Tisya policio evitats angwicare la gegriva[12] personoy, kawske saytoy kyasu Feysbuk ce Twiter[13] automatice sendats remindoy cfuru kontatare personoy klusew[14] la mortoy.


Sama psikiatroy dicats ke permitare ke la gekonteno ja le persono blaybats obtenabla ce akcesabla helpats vonu berevajo. Icoe, vebay saytoy pluste mutce gekoncernats byu[15] protegare la privatayto ji la morto. Ci dze estats mesadjoy caw imagoy kyo getratenits naru fisoy enu la akawnto, dwayza dekuvrajo mocats kawzare mutca nekontentayto ji la familio. La nuna[16] policio ja Feysbuk blokrats cakyo nalu aynlognare[17] la akawnto ja la morto ce removwats otra privata informaciono anke la familio provedats pruvo jwi mortayto. Feysbuk candjwats la profilo ayu samya memoriala padjo. Nure la personoy aru kyo dza anteye geawtorizits vidare la profilo jwi la persono[18] povats vajdare vidare dwa postu dyaza mortyajo.


Feysbuk ce Twiter estats bone gekenda saytoy[19] kyo nakolpats la swalo, coe hwo okazats vonu akawntoy enu otra mwene bone gekenda saytoy kyo la morto mocats havare? Tato estats kiwo kompanioy kyasu Legasi Loker manedjats. Dyay provedats didjitala sekura gedepositway baksoy[20] enu kyo le persono povats cranare dyayza enlinea akawntoy ce korespunda paswordoy, ce kasu[21] le mortyajo la informaciono jvonu la persono gedonuts aru la familio. Kawske tisa solvo no mocats tawgare cakyo, otra gesugesto estats establare didjitala verziono jwi La Berevajway Registruro kyo estats servajo geestabla cfuru preventare smyetsa gepostro[22] nalu[23] gesendare aru la morto. Tilke standardo geestablats furu kolpare enlinea gekonteno, le persono kyo havats enlinea gekonteno suldats specifikare dyaza gedeziroy aru dyaza familio cay evne retenare didjitala bekwedimo[24].


[1]ye (is/does) is a general interrogative word that expects a yes or no answer.


[2]vonu (about, concerning) is a preposition that means ‘to’ in this instance.


[3] gekonteno ja le persono (a person’s online content) is a noun phrase containing the individual generic article le which means ‘the typical.’ The noun gekonteno is the derived object noun of the verb kontenare (to contain) and means content (thing contained). This phrase also uses the possessive link ja which links something to its owner/user.


[4] anke (when) is a conjunction meaning ‘when’ that is formed from the preposition anu (at (in time)).


[5] swalo jvonu populera vebay saytoy (issue for popular websites) is a noun phrase using the link jvonu formed from the preposition vonu (about, concerning).


[6] la uzay mortyajo (the user’s death) is a noun phrase containing the Type I relational adjective uzay, which is derived from the verb uzare (to use). It is bound to the becomative event abstraction noun mortyajo ((event of) death). This phrase can also be read as ‘death of the user.’


[7] praytew (as well as) is a subject/object reference preposition that denotes a second object of the verb provedare (to provide).


[8] la relatayto ji dya cwe la morto (his relation to the deceased) is a noun phrase using the link ji (of (subject)) which links the object (relatayto) to its subject (dya). This phrase also uses the joint connective cwe to connect the pronoun dya and la morto (the deceased).


[9] icpe (then) is a discourse connective meaning ‘and then’ which connects the current sentence with the previous sentence or thought.


[10] akcesajo jwi la akawnto (access to the account) is a noun phrase using the link jwi (of (as direct object) which links akcesajo (access) to its object la akawnto (the account). Note that English uses the preposition ‘to’ where Ayola uses ‘of.’


[11] stigajo ctoru la korekta direkciono (a step in the right direction) is a phrase that Ayola literally translates as ‘step toward the right direction’ with the link ctoru, which is derived from the preposition toru (toward).


[12] gegriva (grieving) is an adjective with the passive prefix ge-. The passive prefix is used because the people (personoy) are the object of grieving.


[13] saytoy kyasu Feysbuk ce Twiter (sites such as Facebook and Twitter) is a noun phrase using the relative preposition kyasu (such as) followed by an exemplary noun phrase (Feysbuk ce Twiter).


[14] klusew (including) is an object reference preposition that refers to the included object la mortoy.


[15] byu (by (agent)) is the agent preposition. English uses the preposition ‘about’ in this case where Ayola uses byu.


[16] nuna (current, present) is the fundamental adjective for ‘current.’ To say currently, Ayola would use the derived form nune.


[17] aynlognare (to log into) is a compound verb formed by the prefix ayn- (in) and the verb lognare (to log (to enter/exit) a computer site, etc)). The correlative opposite of this verb is ayflognare (to log out of).


[18] la personoy aru kyo dza anteye geawtoridzits vidare la profilo jwi la persono (people that were previously authorized to view the person’s profile) is a phrase that is literally translated to ‘people to whom it was previously authorized to see the profile of the person.’ In Ayola, one must authorize an act to someone.


[19] bone gekenda saytoy (well-known sites) is a phrase with the derived adjective gekenda from the verb kendare (to know (to be familiar with)). This verb is different from sabare, which means ‘to know (a fact).’


[20] didjitala sekura gedepositway baksoy (digital safe deposit boxes) is a phrase that uses the adjective didjitala (digital) which uses a ‘dj’ because a ‘g’ refers to the body part (digito means ‘digit (finger or toe)’). The Type II relational adjective gedepositway uses the passive ge- prefix to denote the thing deposited.


[21] kasu (in case of) is a useful preposition meaning ‘in case of.’ Note that the original English used ‘in the event of’ but ‘in case of’ can also be used in its stead.


[22] smyetsa gepostro (junk mail) is a phrase containing the noun form of the passive verb gepostrare (to be mailed). In the noun form, gepostro means ‘thing mailed.


[23] nalu (from) is a preposition that means ‘from’ in the sense of avoiding.


[24] bekwedimo (will) is a noun derived from the verb bekwedare (to bequeath) denoting the printed or hard-copy version with the suffix -im-.


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