Have you ever wondered what will happen to your Facebook account when you die? Apparently it won?t just stop existing the way you do, and now the social media giant allows you to have an ?heir? to take over your account when you?re gone.
According to the Telegraph, Facebook is rolling out its “legacy contacts” feature in the UK, allowing users to appoint an “online executor” of their profile to decide what happens to it after they die.
The legacy contact will be able to administer the page after the user passes away by writing one last post, updating their cover and profile photo and even approving new friend requests.
Users can also choose to give their legacy contact additional permission to download an archive of the photos, posts, and profile information they shared on Facebook.
“Facebook is a place to share and connect with friends and family. For many of us, it?s also a place to remember and honour those we?ve lost,” said Vanessa Callison-Burch, product manager at Facebook.
“When a person passes away, their account can become a memorial of their life, friendships and experiences.”
This feature proves to be very useful as Facebook has become one of the most effective tools of documenting one?s life with photos, videos, statuses, and other celebrated events in a user?s life.
How to?have a Facebook Heir
As morbid as it may sound, it?s easy how to assign an heir for your Facebook account.
Facebook users can nominate a legacy contact by going into their settings, choosing ‘security’ and then ‘legacy contact’ at the bottom of the page. Alternatively, people can instruct Facebook to permanently delete their account after their death.
When the feature was launched in the US last year, it was mocked by some netizens saying it feels weird to have a status that says ?dead?. But some groups have actually lobbied to have this feature in the social media site, saying that it is always important to consider where one?s digital information goes once its owner has passed away.