Who will use your facebook account after death?

huh… I am sorry for such a depressed article but we shouldn’t forget the real truth of life that ” The ultimate aim of life is death”. In earlier day, i mean the time before the era of internet and google we were supposed to handover our property, our financial, tengible, non tangible legacy but now these days there is one more legacy. It is Digital Legacy. 

Have you ever wonder that what is going to happen with your facebook, twitter and other social network after your death ? who is going to use them after your departure to your final destination ?

Facebook account after death

Facebook account after death, Digital Legacy

Now these days there are many websites coming up to handle your Digital Legacy just like Deadsocial and some others. Now, the favorite site of 100 million people facebook has also entered into Digital Legacy. Facebook is giving more options to decide “who is going to use your facebook account after death “. 

According to facebook, it will now let users pick someone who can manage their facebook account after death. Previously, the facebook account after death were “memorialized“, or locked so that no one could log in. Beginning in the US, Facebook says users can choose a “Legacy contact” to post on their page after they die, respond to new friend requests and update their profile picture and cover photo. Users can also have their accounts deleted instead.

So, now what facebook is going to do with your facebook account after death?

Digital Legacy feature by facebook

Facebook introduced a policy couples of year back regarding how to handle the profiles of deceased individuals. Family members could choose one of two options: close the facebook account – Facebook will delete an account permanently upon the family’s request – or converting the account into a memorial facebook profile. Facebook’s policy states the company will never release login information to anyone other than the account holder, even after death.

Before processing Digital Legacy, Facebook requires proof that the user has died. First, someone must use an online form to report the user’s demise. Within that form is a space to include a link to an obituary or news report confirming the death. Facebook employees then review the user’s profile to verify there has been no recent activity. Only then will the company begin the conversion process of Digital Legacy of facebook account after death.

A profile undergoes several changes when switching into a memorial. Facebook removes sensitive information from the profile. This includes contact information and addresses. The company also removes status updates to protect the privacy of the deceased user.

Other users and your facebook account after death?

Yes, other facebook users can interact with your facebook account in a very limited fashion. Facebook changes the profile settings so that only friends can find the profile and post information to the user’s wall. This lets other members visit the profile and use it as a place of grieving and healing while preventing digital vandalism from trolls. Searches for the deceased user on Facebook’s search engine will not list the memorial page.

The company will also deactivate the user’s login information. This prevents anyone from guessing the user’s password and logging in to cause mischief.

If no one contacts Facebook to alert the company of the user’s passing, his or her facebook account after death will remain active indefinitely. Facebook doesn’t delete inactive accounts without notification. Depending upon the user’s privacy settings, people will still be able to search and visit the profile and leave comments.

Not every site has established a policy for dealing with account after your death. Some will obey whatever the family wishes as long as the company receives proof of the user’s passing. A few won’t take any action without a copy of a death certificate. Other companies won’t make any changes at all. But as the issue pops up, more online social networks are adopting rules to handle the situation.

[source:Facebook]

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