New Delhi: Social networking website Facebook on Thursday unveiled a new feature that allows users to choose someone to take control of their accounts after they die.
The new update dubbed 'legacy contact', which is available only in the US as of now, gives users option to appoint a friend or family member to manage their accounts after their death. Users can also decide if they want their profile to be deleted permanently.
Your 'legacy contact' will not be able to view your private messages or alter posts already published.
However, a legacy contact will be able to -
Update the profile picture and cover photo
Respond to new friend requests
Write a post to display at the top of the memorialised timeline
Download an archive of the posts, photos, and profile information that you shared on Facebook.
“When a person passes away, their account can become a memorial of their life, friendships and experience,” Facebook said.
“By talking to people who have experienced loss, we realised there is more we can do to support those who are grieving and those who want a say in what happens to their account after death.”
In order to choose your 'legacy contact' - open settings, choose security, and select 'legacy contact' given at the bottom of the page.