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Facebook Now Allows You To Name A “Legacy Contact” for When You Die

Facebook now allows you to name a person to serve as your legacy contact when you die.  Facebook recently announced a new policy which  makes it much easier for family members or friends to take care of your Facebook account when you die.  Your legacy contact will be able to post things that appear at the top of your memorialized Timeline, respond to requests from friends and family members that may not have been connected to Facebook beforehand, and update profile pictures.

You can also allow your Legacy Contact to download an archive of your photos, posts, and profile information for safe keeping (no private messages will be saved). Of course, your Legacy Contact can also have your Facebook account permanently deleted if that’s what you prefer. Here is what you need to do to set it up:

Go to your Facebook account, and find Settings > Security > Legacy Contact.

Then type in the name of the person you would like to make your Legacy Contact.You have the option to send them a message to let them know, but it’s not required. Otherwise, they’ll be notified when Facebook becomes aware of your passing (but it does not seem wise to rely on that). Then select whether your Legacy Contact will have Data Archiving permission and whether or not you’d like your account to be deleted.

This may be unpleasant to think about, but it’s really for the people you care about in your life. Your passing will be hard on your loved ones, and giving someone the ability to either memorialize your account or delete it can help. It also keeps your account from becoming dormant, possibly to be hacked into later on.

Apparently this option is rolling out to over time, so not every account will have it at first.  If you don’t have it yet, you’ll probably get it soon.