Facebook Makes Its Users Immortal
No one will ever die in the Facebook world. The social networking site announced Thursday that it will allow its users to nominate heirs for their accounts. So once a user dies physically, he will be alive virtually with his online persona.
The feature will be available to the US users of Facebook. The users may designate any acquaintance, siblings, or other family members to be his/her account inheritor. This chosen “legacy contact” will be entitled to post a last status on the account’s owner behalf, and take control of their profile – the control will include responding to friend requests, updating the display picture and archiving posts and photos.
Before the launch of this feature, when a user would die, Facebook used to “memorialize” the account. That is to say it would keep the account in record and the account remained visible to public. But it couldn’t be used actively like it will be now with the new service, Vanessa Callison-Burch explained.
The new service is not any novel idea of Facebook, in fact, it was forced by the families of the passed users. Since Facebook started to memorialize the pages in 2007, it has received “hundreds of thousands” of requests, voiced Jodi Seth who is a spokeswoman for Facebook.
Heaps of requests then urged Facebook authorities to take an initiative which could address the users’ concerns. “We heard from family members who wanted to post funeral information or download and preserve photos,” Callison-Burch said. “We realized there was more we could do.”
Digital assets management has been a disputable issue over the years and a source of discomfort for families of the deceased users. Fewer states have even form laws governing authorities over digital assets. For an example,Virginia passed a law which authorizes the parents or guardians to govern the accounts of their dead family members. The issue raised when a Virginia teenager died and his parents were unable to access his account.
Nonetheless 186 million users of Facebook in America can use this new feature to either delete the accounts after death or manage them.
Lastly, the users need to follow a simple procedure in order to nominate a heir for their digital assets. The users need to select the “Security” button followed by “Legacy account.” After choosing a legacy contact from the friends list, they will allocate the powers, by selecting from the options, which the legacy contact can exert after their death.