With a billion users, it’s only natural that Facebook will have to deal with members’ deaths as well as with acquisition. Facebook‘s team has been working the past months in helping families memorialize the timelines of their beloved ones and has come up with a solution.
This means that the popular ‘Look Back’ videos will now be available even for people who have passed away, in order for their families to use them and preserve the legacy of the deceased. This functionality, originally created to celebrate Facebook‘s 10-year anniversary, triggered the interest of a dad in Missouri who lost his son in 2012. Following his request to Facebook staff to help him make a ‘look back’ video and the great impact this particular request had on social media, Facebook engineers decided to make this service available to all families who have suffered loss.
The requests can be made here.
This is not the only change for members who have passed away and their families. Community Operators Chris Price and Alex DiSclafani wrote in the official announcement:
Based on conversations inspired by these questions, we’ve decided to make an important change to how we preserve legacies on Facebook. Up to now, when a person’s account was memorialized, we restricted its visibility to friends-only. This meant that people could no longer see the account or any of its content unless they were Facebook friends with the person who passed away. Starting today, we will maintain the visibility of a person’s content as-is.
By keeping settings untouched, they claim that the memorialized profiles will live up to the privacy expectations set by the deceased owner.
Do you think that memorialized Facebook profiles will be helpful to families?
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