Friday, February 28, 2014
Facebook has come up with a new way for users to cope with death. Facebook has now slightly altered what happens to your Facebook account when you die. When a user dies, the mourners can request that the account be memorialized. The memorialized page used to be available only to the deceased's Facebook friends. Now, memorialized accounts will be left on the same privacy setting the user had on the account. Facebook believes that this option better reflects what the deceased would have wanted. “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,” Facebook said.
See Steven Maimes, What Happens to Your Facebook Account After You Die?, Feb. 22, 2013.
Special thanks to Jim Hillhouse (Professional Legal Marketing (PLM, Inc.)) for bringing this article to my attention.