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Social Media.. Is it Yours?


Social media has become a part of everyday life for us here in the QCA -and all around the globe. 

But what you post to sites may not stay in the family - and that's something lawmakers are looking to change. 

After loved ones die - their posts , videos and photos fade away with them. 

But some state are starting to challenge online property rules.

Right now - all social media's operate under a federal law from 1984 - that says online personal property can't be released- ever - even by will and testament. 

But many across the QCA are sounding off - in hopes they can take what's theirs into the future.

"I post pictures of my son all the time," says social media user, Kristen McCutcheon. "I'm that parent that posts a million pictures of their kids."

As the mother of Mason - a happy one year old boy - she likes to document his life for her parents and every one else to see. But those could fade away if something were to happen.

"It makes me feel a little disturbed. Like with the pictures of my son I would want those to go to my family because some of those are the only one."

If those pictures were hard copies - there would be no problem passing them on. 

But now- they are on Facebook - and property of the social media giant. 

Right now - 5 states have passed laws trying to protect online property for families. 

Lawmakers tried to push a similar law through at the national level last year - but it died in a house committee. 

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