Facebook Now Allows Management of Account After Death

March 16th, 2015 by beasleyferber

Social Media, for better or worse, is now a permanent – and influential- part of our lives.  What happens to your social media accounts after you pass away, however?  It is somewhat eerie to have friend or relative who has died, and to still have their social media account up and running.  Facebook, by far the most utilized social medium on the planet, has, to its great credit, dealt with this issue.

It is now possible to establish a “Legacy Contact” on Facebook.  A Legacy Contact can manage the account of someone who is deceased.  According to a Facebook press release, the Legacy Contact will be able to:

1.  Write a post at the top of your timeline, such as to to announce a memorial service or share a special message;

2.  Respond to new friend requests; and

3.  Update the profile picture and cover photo.

In addition to selecting a Legacy Contact, a Facebook account holder can instruct Facebook to permanently delete his or her account after death.

Creating a Legacy Contact is fairly easy.  Just Google “Facebook Legacy Contact,” and you will find simple instructions.

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