For many years, Facebook has been a platform for users to share their memories, experiences, and ideas with their contacts. But what happens to a Facebook account after death?
You can either assign a trusted friend or family member over the age of 19 as a legacy contact or you can decide to have your account deleted after death. Deciding between the two options is a matter of whether you would like your account to live on after death or whether you want your account to be deleted. Doing so will provide someone you trust with the ability to manage your social media account.
What a memorialized account looks like
If you decide to do appoint a legacy contact, then he or she will be able to turn your Facebook profile into a memorialized account once you have passed away Here’s an example.
Can’s and cant’s of legacy contacts
In order to validate the status of the account, you will need to provide an online obituary link to Facebook. Your legacy contact will now have access to your Facebook account. Which means that he or she will be able to change your profile picture, respond to friend requests, write a pinned post on your profile, or request to have your account removed. Your legacy contact will not be able to log into your account, send friend requests, or read any of your messages.
This may seem like a dark and sensitive subject to address, but it is a valid one. A memorialized account gives your friends and family a place for you to honour a friend or family who has passed away. For more information on this topic check out Facebook’s Help Centre.