Facebook is now allowing users in the United States to designate a “legacy contact” that can take control of an account after their death.
The new features allows a trusted family member or friend to:-
- write a post to display at the top of the memorialised 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; and
- update the profile picture and cover photo.
If given permission under the new feature, the legacy contact may also download an archive of the photos, posts and profile information from the deceased’s Facebook.
Other settings will remain the same as before the account was memorialised, including that the legacy contact will not be able to log in as the deceased or see the deceased’s private messages.
See all details at the following link: http://newsroom.fb.com/news/2015/02/adding-a-legacy-contact/