Facebook Announces it will Retain Profiles of Deceased Members

Recognizing the expanding role social networks play in chronicling lives, Facebook has launched new functionality that enables families to memorialize deceased family member’s sites.

This is important functionality, and it looks like Facebook has carefully addressed safety concerns. For example, memorial sites do not show contact information, new people will not be able to log in, the deceased’s profile will not appear in the “suggestions” section, and only confirmed friends of the deceased will be able to find the site in a search.

For families and friends, the ability to keep these digital scrapbooks permanently can be a tremendous source of comfort. Access to the information can also help generate the list of friends to notify of the death and funeral, and provide a format for allowing friends to share their memories of the deceased.

Linda

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