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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Facebook Changes Death Policy; Digital Estate Planning Gaining Recognition

Courtesy of TechCrunch
As reported in today’s Washington Post, Facebook is now allowing users more freedom over what will continue to be displayed on their page after death.  Death-related digital policies change rapidly.  The latest update gives Facebook users significantly more choices than they had even in December, the last time I wrote a blog post about this topic.

Most notably, Facebook now allows users to name a “legacy contact,” someone who may take ownership of the account after death.  This includes the ability to accept friend requests from family members wishing to pay respects, post messages on the deceased’s timeline, and pin certain information to the top of the deceased’s Facebook page.