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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Facebook Changing Policies Regarding Deceased Users

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Facebook will now offer users the opportunity to obtain a video montage of lost loved ones. 

This move comes in response to a Youtube plea by a grieving father requesting to see his late son’s “Look Back” video, a minute-long compilation the company offers to all its users.  After receiving many additional requests for such videos, Facebook will now have a page where loved ones can request them.

Facebook is also changing its policy regarding “memorial pages.”  Before, only a deceased user’s Facebook friends could view these profiles and leave tribute messages.  Facebook will now allow anyone to see memorial pages if a user permitted this before they passed.

These changes represent Facebook’s attempt at finding a balance between respecting a deceased user’s privacy and allowing family members access to mementos of their loved one.

See Jeff John Roberts, Facebook Will Provide “Look Back” Video to Dead Users’ Loved Ones, Gigaom, Feb. 21, 2014.

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