Facebook Helping People Rest in Peace

In this day and age where you can find more about a person from their social media profile, it is no wonder that when you die, chances are that people will find out about it through your social media profile. Facebook has gone one step further and rolled out a new ‘Legacy Contact’ feature.

Previously, if a Facebook user died, a viewable account was offered but no one could use it.

However, now, the legacy contact would be able to announce the deceased user’s memorial service or a message which would be displayed on top of their page. The word ‘Remembering’ would appear on top of the user’s name, over their profile picture. Also, the legacy contact would be able to accept any new friend requests received by the deceased user. Plus, they would be able to update cover pic and profile pic of the user. Also, if the legacy user is given special permissions, then previous profile pics, posts, information and other photos could be downloaded by them.

However, a few things that the legacy user would not be able to do include –

 Log in to the deceased user’s account; and
 Read private messages and access the inbox.

Flavio Maluf has heard that the update has only rolled out to US based users currently and a legacy contact can be set by going to ‘Settings’ menu and choosing ‘Security. More on Maluf is available on his Blogspot page. The Legacy portion is located right on the bottom of the Security page.