Facebook grants account life after death for UK users

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by ITV

The Facebook accounts of nearly 900 million users worldwide can now be updated beyond the grave.
The Facebook accounts of nearly 900 million users worldwide can now be updated beyond the grave. Credit: Lukas Schulze/DPA/Press Association Images

Facebook’s 31 million users in the UK can now select a friend or loved one to curate their social media account in the event of their death.

The designated “legacy contact” will be able to respond to new friend requests, update the profile picture and cover photo and write a pinned post on the profile.

Previously Facebook had frozen an account of a deceased user to serve as a permanent “memorial”.

But the new feature allows users over the age of 18 to add (and remove) their chosen contactvia their account security settings.

Facebook outlined the scope of the new legacy contact feature.
Facebook outlined the scope of the new legacy contact feature. Credit: Facebook

However there are limits to what a legacy contact can do.

The designated user is unable to directly log into the account and cannot remove or edit previous posts, photos or other timeline elements.

They are also unable to remove existing friends or read the late user’s past correspondences.

Instead Facebook suggests the contact would use their access rights to “share a final message on your behalf or provide information about a memorial service” and add “old friends or family members who weren’t yet on Facebook”.

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