What Happens to Your Facebook Account When You Die?

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Most of us worry about a lot of things especially on What will happen if we die. Have you ever given a thought on what will happen to your Facebook Account after you die. According to Statista 59.16% of the population in Zimbabwe uses Facebook and 2.23 billion monthly active users worldwide meaning 4 out of 7 people use Facebook to connect to their beloved ones.

The Social Media Giant has made it so easy for something to be done with an account after the death of a user. In fact, there are ways:

Give Password to Someone Else: User could give someone his password for someone else to have full control of his account. However, this is a violation of Facebook’s terms of service.

Deactivation: A user could request that his/her account be deactivated and taken down.

Memorialisation: A close relative could request that it be “memorialised,” which locks and freezes the account forever.

If you die, a relative or friend can request for your Facebook profile to become memorialised. It essentially freezes the page in time. Whoever requests it will have to give Facebook some proof that you have died, such as a death certificate. Photos and posts you’ve shared will stay visible. But no one can log in to the account anymore.

Choose a ‘legacy contact’

You can nominate a “legacy contact”. This is someone to look after your memorialized account. They can do things like write a pinned post, respond to new friend requests, and update the profile picture and cover photo. But they still can’t log in to your account so they can’t delete anything. Alternatively, you can request for your profile to be permanently deleted when you pass away. But that means everything will be taken down.

Here’s how to designate your legacy contact: Go to Security and click on “Legacy Contact,” where you’ll be able to select one of your Facebook friends. You’ll also be given the option to send them a Pre-written message (which you can edit) that provides information about the policy. Otherwise, the contact will be notified only when your death has been reported to Facebook, and your account is memorialized.

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