Facebook have now introduced a featured so that when you die you can have someone look after it for you,some might find it a bit morbid but im sure there is plenty out there who would like to see their digital legacy continue,its happened before with some stars that have past with people managing their accounts and there is a surge of digital legacy companies setting up in the last couple of years which shows its a trend.

Facebook however are taking a different approach by allowing a user to select somebody to to act on their behalf. This is only allowed in the US for now but surely will become more available over the coming months.

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Today we’re introducing a new feature that lets people choose a legacy contact—a family member or friend who can manage their account when they pass away. Once someone lets us know that a person has passed away, we will memorialize the account and the legacy contact will be able to:

  • Write a post to display at the top of the memorialized Timeline (for example, to announce a memorial service or share a special message)
  • Respond to new friend requests from family members and friends who were not yet connected on Facebook
  • Update the profile picture and cover photo

If someone chooses, they may give their legacy contact permission to download an archive of the photos, posts and profile information they shared on Facebook. Other settings will remain the same as before the account was memorialized. The legacy contact will not be able to log in as the person who passed away or see that person’s private messages.

Alternatively, people can let us know if they’d prefer to have their Facebook account permanently deleted after death.

Until now, when someone passed away, we offered a basic memorialized account which was viewable, but could not be managed by anyone. By talking to people who have experienced loss, we realized there is more we can do to support those who are grieving and those who want a say in what happens to their account after death.

 

Open your settings. Choose Security and then Legacy Contact at the bottom of the page.

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After choosing your legacy contact, you’ll have the option to send a message to that person.

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You may give your legacy contact permission to download an archive of the posts, photos and profile info you’ve shared on Facebook.

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We’ve also redesigned memorialized profiles to pay tribute to the deceased by adding “Remembering” above their name and making it possible for their legacy contact to pin a post to the top of their Timeline.

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By Jim O Brien/CEO

CEO and expert in transport and Mobile tech. A fan 20 years, mobile consultant, Nokia Mobile expert, Former Nokia/Microsoft VIP,Multiple forum tech supporter with worldwide top ranking,Working in the background on mobile technology, Weekly radio show, Featured on the RTE consumer show, Cavan TV and on TRT WORLD. Award winning Technology reviewer and blogger. Security and logisitcs Professional.