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Saturday 25 March 2017

Facebook introduce new setting which allows you to choose which friend inherits your account after you die

Luckily, all private conversations and messages will travel to the grave as the Legacy Contact will not be able to access private information.
Luckily, all private conversations and messages will travel to the grave as the Legacy Contact will not be able to access private information.
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

If you’ve ever wondered what would happen to your Facebook if you kicked the bucket, a new feature launched by the social network might prepare you for when Grim Reaper comes knocking.

Facebook has launched a new setting which will allow users to choose which friend inherits an account if they should pass away.

The ‘Legacy Contact’ will ensure that the account does not rest in social media limbo after a person dies and the appointed guardian will have the power to change profile pictures, accept friend requests and delete the page of the dearly departed.

Luckily, all private conversations and messages will travel to the grave as the Legacy Contact will not be able to access private information.

Facebook product manager Vanessa Callison-Burch said: “It’s incredibly hard to lose someone, especially so suddenly.

“I’m sensitive to that and my heart goes out to everyone involved.

“We wanted to be able to answer by giving people a choice.

“And then we also wanted to better support families who were grieving, because we would hear things like, from a mum whose daughter passed away and they wanted to be able to add a couple of cousins who weren’t yet connected to the daughter’s account.”

The feature launched in the US in February and will launch in Australia, New Zealand and Japan this week.

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