What to Do with Social Media Accounts after Someone Dies
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What to Do with Social Media Accounts after Someone Dies

When a loved one has passed away their online presence may still have life. Below are some helpful tips on how to either manage or close a loved one's social accounts. Here is what to do with social media accounts after death of loved one.

  • You may request that the account be permanently deleted.
  • You also have the option to memorialize the page. When an account is memorialized people may post messages to the page but the account is secured so that no one may sign into it.   

For either option visit www.facebook.com/help then click the "Manage Your Account" link on the left. There will be an option to click "Memorialized Accounts". At that time Facebook may require proof of death and your relationship to the deceased. 

  • Facebook has recently added a proactive step for such situations. The option is for the addition of a "Legacy Contact". According to Facebook a legacy contact is someone you choose to look after your account if it is ever memorialized. The legacy contact cannot log into your account and pose as you, but rather is simply a "digital executor" that will be able to do things such as respond to posts, write a pinned post for your profile, update your profile picture and cover photo, and respond to new friend requests. 

To add a legacy contact Facebook has supplied the following instructions: 

Click in the top right of Facebook and select Settings

In the left menu, click Security

Click Legacy Contact

Type in a friend's name and click Add

To let your friend know they're now your legacy contact, click Send

To change or remove a legacy contact, follow steps 1–3 above, then click Remove. From there, you can add a new legacy contact if you'd like. 

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