Facebook is accommodating its customers control over what happens to their Facebook accounts when they pass away.
Until now, Facebook allowed people to change the profiles of their loved one into “memorialized” accounts after Facebook affirms that individual has passed on, meaning that the record could be seen however not be administered or modified. But Facebook is right now including an alternate option for its users which they can choose before they die: ‘Legacy Contact’.
- 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
The blog post can be found here.
Facebook reported this new feature on Thursday that allows Facebook users to allocate a specific friend as User’s Facebook Legacy Contact who will be allowed to access the account and pin a post on their Timeline after they die.
How to chose a Legacy Contact?
- Open the Settings.
- Choose Security and then Legacy Contact at the bottom of the page.
- After choosing your Legacy Contact, you will have the option to send a message to that person.
- You may give your legacy contact permission to download an archive of the posts, photos and profile info you’ve shared on Facebook.
Of course, users can similarly let Facebook know in the matter of whether they’d like to have their account deleted after they pass away.
Facebook is showing Legacy Contacts alternative in the US first but plans to expand this change to more countries. Setting up a legacy contact is completely optional.