Inevitably, one day you’re going to die. While you may think your online identity will go to the grave with you, that’s not always how it works out. Without setting your account to self-implode or handing your login details to a trusted person, companies like Facebook and Google will carry on storing your data and everything else they’ve got on you.
Facebook gives you multiple options for what you can do with your profile once you die. One thing you can do is select someone from your friends list to manage your account once you die. Another thing you can do is set a switch to automatically delete your account but Facebook doesn’t exactly know when you’ve died, so let us explain:
Although it seems that Facebook knows everything about us by now, it doesn’t know when you’ve died although I’m sure this will be a Black Mirror episode one day. To have your account deleted, you’ll need someone to prove your death before your online identity on the social networking platform is gone for good.
On desktop, head to Facebook’s website and click the drop-down arrow at the top right-hand side of your screen. Then, select Settings.
Now, click on the Edit button next to the Memorialization settings tab.
Scroll down and click Request that your account be deleted after you pass away. A box will now pop-up asking you to confirm that you want all your posts and other data linked to your account to be deleted once you die.
Once confirmed, someone will have to contact Facebook proving your death with a death certificate. If you want your family to be able to see your statuses, photos, videos, and any other posts you’ve made, you can undo this by clicking Keep your Facebook account - note: you can’t undo this feature if you’re already dead.
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