It's one of the last things we think about in life, but it's also one of the most important: what happens to our social media accounts after we die? It's a complicated question — not only are there questions surrounding the death itself, but Facebook controls your profile and its privacy settings. The digital after-life for any social network depends on how you set up your account in life.
Here we are covering both on how can assign a 'legacy' or deleting your Facebook account.
Facebook now allows here's assign a 'legacy' to manage your profile page, and here's how you do it.
With the launch of its new feature, Facebook has now given users the option to designate a chosen friend as an “Administrator” of your profile, just in case.
Whoever you set as that contact will be able to manage your account - parts of it, a' least'- or delete it altogether after your death.
Your 'legacy' contact could write posts announcing the details of the memorial, update your profile photo, respond to friends' wishes and etc.
Your profile page will be remarked with the word "Remembering" above your name.
But don't worry, your 'legacy' won't be able to stalk your private messages or post anything as you.
Here is how you can do it.
- Step 1: Go to your profile, click on the down arrow.
- Step 2: Click on the 'Settings & privacy'
- Step 3: On 'Memorialization Settings' click on 'Edit'
- Step 4: Choose a family member or friends and enter their name. Click on 'Add'
- Step 5: Confirm the name you choose then click 'Send'
How to delete your Facebook account after death
If you don't want a Facebook account after you pass away, you can request to have your account permanently deleted instead of choosing a legacy contact.
After you have passed away, someone will need to notify Facebook, which they can do using a special request form.
- Go to the same as the above Step 1, 2 and 3.
- Next go to 'Request that your account be deleted after you pass away'
- Click on delete after death