Death may take one’s body, but it does not have to take away one’s online persona. Facebook has come with a solution to the question what can be done with the accounts of member who are no more.
On Thursday, Facebook announced that a friend or family member could be designated to manage the account of the deceased. It has rolled out an option to name a legacy account.
Once Facebook has been informed that a certain member is no more, the account will be memorialized. Then onwards, the legacy contact will be able to manage the account – write post on the timeline, respond to friend requests, update profile picture and cover picture. Facebook has been memorializing pages from 2007 but further to the request of many who wanted to post funeral information, download pictures, the new legacy option was created says Jodi Seth, a spokesperson for Facebook.
Facebook lets its users to download photos, archive, posts and profile information on the legacy’s account. But the legacy contact will not be able to log in as the person who passed away or to see the person’s private messages. Facebook also provides an option to delete the deceased person’s account permanently.
“Until now, when someone passed away, we offered a basic memorialized account which was view-able, but could not be managed by anyone. By talking to people who have experienced loss, we realised 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,” said a Facebook post. The feature has started appearing in the settings of the users in USA and it is expected to be available globally very soon.
Here’s how to designate a Facebook ‘Legacy Contact’:
- On the right side of your Facebook page, click on the downward-facing arrow to show the drop-down menu. Click on “Settings.”
- Choose “Security,” then “Legacy Contact” at the bottom of the page.
- Choose your Legacy Contact from your friends list. Choose the options you want your Legacy Contact to have.
- The system will offer an option to send a message to that person.