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Facebook Won't Let You Die

Facebook announced this week that they intend to change their policy on memorializing a users Facebook profile once the user passes away.
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Facebook announced this week that they intend to change their policy on memorializing a users Facebook profile once the user passes away. The way it use to be was a user's profile once it is set as memorialized, would then only be available to viewed by the users current friends. However now Facebook has released a statement saying:

“Starting today, we will maintain the visibility of a person’s content as-is. This will allow people to see memorialized profiles in a manner consistent with the deceased person’s expectations of privacy. We are respecting the choices a person made in life while giving their extended community of family and friends ongoing visibility to the same content they could always see.”

The option to have a “Look Back” video in where visitors can see a video of your past content in a cinematic way. This is kind of a bit creepy, along the same lines of stuffing your dead animal and placing it in the living room, but hey to each their own or along some twisted line like that.

The "Look Back" videos were inspired because of one man, “John Berlin reached out to ask if it was possible for Facebook to create a video for his son, Jesse, who passed away in 2012. We had not initially made the videos for memorialized accounts, but John’s request touched the hearts of everyone who heard it, including ours.”

I have a suspicion that by the end of the year Facebook will offer a user to set up their “Facebook Will”, in which will be implemented to setup a profile in the way the user intend to as a “last request”. There are crazier things on the internet than something like this(remember two girls one cup), so I won’t criticize it too badly, but you wont catch me using Facebook services for the majority of my social media activities. 

What social media site is your favorite? Is there one you check all day every day like an addict? ;) Leave your comments below on your experience with Facebook over your duration of using their services.




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