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11 August 2015

What happens to your Facebook account after you die?

As of 13 May 2015, Australians can now choose to have their Facebook Account deleted or appoint a Legacy Contact to manage their Facebook Account after they die.

You may think it a bit odd but there have been several cases where FB will not let family members have access to a deceased family members FB account or to retrieve photos or comments from it. I urge you all to set up a legacy contact in your FB account.

See https://www.facebook.com/help/1568013990080948 for more details.

What is a legacy contact?

A legacy contact is someone you choose to look after your account if it’s memorialized. Once your account is memorialized, your legacy contact will have the option to do things like:

  • Write a pinned post for your profile (ex: to share a final message on your behalf or provide information about a memorial service)
  • Respond to new friend requests (ex: old friends or family members who weren’t yet on Facebook)
  • Update your profile picture and cover photo

You also have the option to allow your legacy contact to download a copy of what you’ve shared on Facebook, and we may add additional capabilities for legacy contacts in the future.

Your legacy contact can’t:

  • Log into your account
  • Remove or change past posts, photos and other things shared on your Timeline
  • Read messages you’ve sent to other friends
  • Remove any of your friends

Learn more about memorialization and how to add a legacy contact to your account.

If you’re a legacy contact, learn how to manage a memorialized profile.  Note: You must be 18 or older to select a legacy contact.

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