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Facebook Changes Stance on What to do With Profile After You Die

If it wasn’t obvious, when a person dies, many things are left behind. These things could usually consist of family, friends, and sometimes, a Facebook account. The way Facebook has handled the death of a member is to restrict visibility to the deceased member’s profile to only those that were already friends of the person. This way, only the people that truly mattered would be able to relive the person’s status updates and pictures they uploaded. 

Starting today, Facebook has changed this policy, and will now keep the profile’s privacy settings to however the user had them before they passed away. If the profile was completely public and all could view, then that’s the way it will stay. It if was heavily locked down, then it will stay that way.

Not only are there changes to how Facebook will handle deaths, but they have also created a special Look Back video feature, which combines pictures that were uploaded to Facebook into a special memorial video for friends to watch.

Starting today, we will maintain the visibility of a person’s content as-is. This will allow people to see memorialized profiles in a manner consistent with the deceased person’s expectations of privacy. We are respecting the choices a person made in life while giving their extended community of family and friends ongoing visibility to the same content they could always see.

Today, we’re also glad to begin offering a way for anyone who has suffered the loss of a loved one to see that person’s “Look Back” video. In recognition of our ten-year anniversary, a group of our engineers created personal movies for people using some of the posts and photos they had shared over the years.

To make a Look Back video request through Facebook, you can do so here.

Cherish the ones you love – always.

Via: Facebook
  • Rand Paul 2016

    This is nice. My friends brother was murdered over a girl. And people still post things every week.
    RIP Christopher.

    The idiot got 25 to life.

    • Chris

      My condolences…

    • The Narrator

      Women these days, just aren’t worth it. Idiot should have gotten death penalty.

      • Guest

        as if you know anything about woman..

        • The Narrator

          Chris, what did i tell you about fake accounts? We know it’s you because you don’t know the difference between women and woman.

          • Chris

            Hey John

  • Jason Lewis

    How will Facebook know I’m dead?

    • Pedro

      If you don’t log in for a week, Bam! Dead!

      Oh, wait. That would put a hold on your account. They don’t want that.
      You’ll need to submit your death certificate. You are alive until you prove it.

      • michael arazan

        Time to start reporting people you dislike deceased.

  • Hans Dirk Kwazneski

    If social media is still as important as it is today, by the time I die, there will definitely be a mention of what I want my settings to be when I die. No doubt. Easy fix (at least for military, can’t say for civilian side)

    • Chris

      It will be. unless we get a world wide EMP that knocks us all back in to the 1800s. Social media and the internet is here to stay.

      • michael arazan

        The last major solar flare that was like an E 10 only knocked out power to 25% of North America, mainly the North Eastern sea board and parts of Canada. That was like 40-50 years ago.

        Even though our government has just started building drones that emit an EMP like wave that shuts down all electrical devices a block wide when flying over. Doubt they’ll use it in the states.

  • The Narrator
    • michael arazan

      That’s what incognito is for.

      Keep your private stuff in online storage, if something happens to you, you won’t be paying the bill for storage and most of it will be automatically deleted after you stop paying the bill, except what is left in free storage.

  • Ray

    I will feel so much better now if i die knowing that facebook will take care of my Social death needs

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    What will Droid Life do with my Disqus comments?