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Facebook Legacy Contact Allows You To Choose The Way To Manage Your Account After You Die

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Facebook Legacy Contact Allows You To Choose The Way To Manage Your Account After You Die

Facebook Legacy Contact is an incredibly useful tool. In order to better preserve the memory of someone who died and prepare an online memorial for them, Facebook introduced the feature that prepares a user for what their Facebook page will be like after they die, even if that death is unexpected. Here is some information on the service that is expected to make big waves.

1. Impetus

Facebook Legacy Contact was launched amidst requests from users who had lost a friend or loved one. There are plenty of people out there who want to have some level of control over the account of someone they’re close to who passed away. The reasons why are numerous, but most of them revolve around the wish to create an online memorial for the deceased so that others can pay tribute to them in a place their tribute will be seen. That was technically possible before Facebook Legacy Contact, but the service allows loved ones to take further measures to make a fitting memorial for the person who passed.

2. Availability

At the moment Facebook Legacy Contact is only available in the United States, but Facebook’s plan is to expand it worldwide.

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3. Uses

There are a few things you can do with the new Facebook Legacy Contact service. The power of it lies initially in the hands of the original user. Before they passed away, they should have updated their Security settings (which we’ll show you how to do later) so that their account is automatically deleted or passed on to someone else once they’re deceased.

If they choose to let someone manage their account after their death, that person can write a post that’s pinned to the top of the Facebook page, usually something like a memorial or some other kind of special message. They can also respond to friend requests from those who weren’t already connected to the account of the person who passed away.

They can also update the user’s profile picture and cover photo in case what was there when the user died doesn’t properly convey the kind of person they would have wanted to be represented as.Lastly, the contact is able to download all the shared posts, photos and more from the deceased’s Facebook page. The Facebook Legacy Contact is not allowed to delete anything the original user had shared through Facebook before their death.

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4. How to use it

Facebook Legacy Contact is incredibly simple to use. First, open your settings. Choose Security and then Legacy Contact at the bottom of the page.

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      Once you choose a legacy contact, you will be able to send a message to that person explaining what the service is and what you’d like the other person to do if you die.

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        You can give permission for your legacy contact to download an archive of your shared posts, photos and general Facebook profile.

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          Facebook also redesigned memorialized profiles by adding “Remembering” above the name of the deceased and has made it an option for the legacy contact to pin a post to the top of your Timeline.

          5. Criticism

          The biggest concern seems to be that Facebook Legacy Contact doesn’t do enough. A major concern of friends and family of the deceased is that their loved one has embarrassing things on Facebook that they want removed. Unless those things were contained to only the profile picture and cover photo, they won’t be able to remove it. That’s for the protection of the individual who died, but it’s still a definite hindrance.

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          6. Controversies

          It’s too early for there to be any controversies surrounding Facebook Legacy Contact, considering how new it is, but there’s a chance that some individuals may misuse or abuse the new feature. I don’t know in what way they would go about that, but it’s a possibility. We’ll have to wait and see on that and the legacy of Facebook Legacy Contact.

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