It’s hard to imagine the world still turning after you pass away. But the sun will continue to rise and set, the oceans will continue to ebb and flow, and Facebook will still be home to cat videos and politically fueled arguments.
But what about your social media profiles? Unless you’ve shared your passwords, your family or significant other will likely be locked out of your accounts.
Facebook has been grappling with this issue for a number of years; in 2009, it allowed people to turn the profiles of deceased users into memorial pages. But Facebook is now adding a new option that users can select prior to their death: a legacy contact.
Pick your “legacy contact” wisely: Be it a family member or friend, they’ll be able to post announcements and messages on your memorialized timeline, respond to new friend requests, and update your profile picture and cover photo.
If you’re really trusting, you can also give permission for them to download an archive of photos, updates, and profile information shared via your account.
Facebook also redesigned memorial profiles by adding the word “Remembering” above the deceased’s name and will allow a legacy contact to pin a post to the top of their timeline.
Other settings, however, will remain as you left them. The legacy contact, according to Facebook, will not be able to log in as the deceased, or see their private messages.
On the other hand, if you’d rather your social media life die along with you, just put in a request for your Facebook account to be permanently deleted after death.
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SOURCE: PC Mag, Stephanie Mlot