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What happens to your Facebook account if you pass away?

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What happens to your Facebook account if you pass away? by Carlos Paula Simões

Answer by Carlos Paula Simões:

We should prepare ourselves for such.

Regarding Facebook, the best thing to do is to nominate a “legacy contact”. A legacy contact is someone you choose to manage your account after you pass away. They'll be able to do things like pin a post on your Timeline, respond to new friend requests and update your profile picture. They won't post as you or see your messages.

I think this restriction – your messages will remain confidential – is quite appropriate… these are just a handful of the secrets we commonly hear people learning of after a death, some of it revealed by the correspondence with someone else:

The person who died . . .

Was in debt.

Was having or had an affair.

Had a previous marriage they kept secret.

Had other children that were kept a secret.

Was struggling with drugs or alcohol.

Had a problem with gambling.

Had been aware they were sick/dying and not told anyone.

Had not shared their true sexual orientation or gender identity.

But in case you don't want a Facebook account after you pass away, you can request to have your account permanently deleted instead of choosing a legacy contact.

What happens to your Facebook account if you pass away?

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