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We've spoken before about planning for your "Digital Afterlife" - what becomes of your online accounts, such as social media, after you die. Until now, Facebook has permitted pages of those deceased to be memorialized, which allowed the user's Friends to continue making posts on their timeline if their security settings already allowed for it. (Some people don't allow others to post on their timeline.) Memorialization did not grant anyone the option to manage or make changes to the account. This week, Facebook unveiled a new option that allows registered users to appoint a "Legacy Contact" - someone you choose to look after your account if it's been memorialized or delete it if you prefer that it is not memorialized. You can add, change or remove your Legacy Contact at any time.
According to Facebook:
The Legacy Contact will have the power to:
The Legacy Contact will NOT have the power to:
To add a Legacy Contact:
To change or remove a Legacy Contact:
Follow steps 1 – 3 above, then click Remove. From there, you can add a new legacy contact if you'd like.