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February 12, 2015

Facebook to allow you to designate a contact to manage your account once you’ve gone

facebookThe subject of ‘what will happen to your digital presence after your die’ was raised last year regarding Facebook users. Now Facebook have answered this question which, is being rolled out in the US and the rest-of-the-world will follow very soon. Facebook will soon allow you to nominate someone to manage your profile when you’re gone.


Your Legacy Contact will be able to;

  • Write a post to display at the top of the memorialized Timeline (for example, to announce a memorial service or share a special message)
  • Respond to new friend requests from family members and friends who were not yet connected on Facebook
  • Update the profile picture and cover photo

You’ll be able to designate one Legacy Contact in the Settings menu, under Security.

For profiles without a legacy contact, verified family members of the deceased users can request that Facebook memorializes the account. That adds the word ‘remembering’ next to the person’s name, removes ads from the profile and prevents references to it popping up on the timeline.

Adding a Legacy Contact [Facebook newsroom]

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini