Facebook has announced that you can now leaver your Facebook account as inheritance after your death. The Legacy feature is going to be implemented in the social network in the U.S. first, after which it will roll out across the world. Basically, you can select an heir from among your friends who will be able to access your Facebook profile and do minimal changes that would reflect your new… state. As in your account for “Charlotte Banks” will be transformed into “Remembering Charlotte Banks” and will act as a tribute page to your person and your life. It’s a neat idea, in my honest opinion.
Facebook users will be able to choose a legacy contact that will have extra privileges over their account in the event of their timely or untimely death. These Legacy contacts will have access to a few basic functions in your profile. They will be able to manage certain parts of your account, such as changing the profile picture and the cover photo to reflect the new nature of the account. The Legacy contact will be able to publish information about a memorial service, download the archive of your profile and manage friend requests sent to the profile. The Legacy contact will also be able to pin a post to your timeline, most likely the post which announces your death. I wonder if anybody will be able to prank someone with this new feature.
The whole Legacy contact thing is optional, but if you think it would be a nice gesture, you should now that your privacy will not be compromised. The Legacy contact you select will not be able to access and change account information and settings, or other things like private messages and such. All they will be able to do is the few functions listed above, the bare minimum one would like to do on a profile to reflect that the holder of the profile is no longer on the planes of life but has moved on to those of death, hopefully, without social media.
If the feature creeps you out, you can always choose to have Facebook delete your account in case you die at some point (you will). Since the feature isn’t included in Facebook yet, we’re curious to see how Facebook will find out about your death if you don’t choose a Legacy contact. The feature in itself is interesting, and surely there will be many out there who will start assigning Legacy contacts to their profiles and debating the meaning of life in the meantime. Maybe having to choose an heir to your Facebook profile will enlighten you to see that social media and what you leave behind through doesn’t really matter in the real world or in the afterlife. Will you choose a Legacy account or are you thinking about deleting your Facebook already?