"Until now, when someone passed away, we offered a basic memorialized account which was viewable, but could not be managed by anyone. By talking to people who have experienced loss, we realized there is more we can do to support those who are grieving and those who want a say in what happens to their account after death." - Facebook Newsroom
Facebook recently launched a new feature that could help your loved ones through the grieving process in the event of your death. It's called a "Legacy Contact."
If you are a Facebook user, you may want to go into your account now and designate your Legacy Contact to manage your account when you pass away.
Here is how it works when someone passes away:
- A friend or family members lets Facebook know by submitting a Memorialization Request here: https://www.facebook.com/help/contact/651319028315841
- Once Facebook memorializes the account, the Legacy Contact can:
- Write a post to display at the top of the memorialized Timeline (for example, to announce a memorial service or share a special message)
- Respond to new friend requests from family members and friends who were not yet connected on Facebook
- Update the profile picture and cover photo
You also may designate whether your Legacy Contact can download an archive of your social posts. Alternatively, you can tell Facebook that you prefer to have your account deleted upon your death.
Visit Facebook's newsroom for more details at: http://newsroom.fb.com/news/2015/02/adding-a-legacy-contact/
Many state legislatures, including Nevada, are currently wrestling with how to handle digital accounts after the user passes away.
This issue might eventually be taken out of Facebook's hands entirely.
If you or a love one is a resident of Nevada, you can contact my office at 702-384-3767 to learn more about making arrangements for “digital assets” pending future legislation.
Reference: Facebook Newsroom ( February 12, 2015) "Adding a Legacy Contact"
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