With 200,000 user deaths every year, Mark Zuckerberg’s social network has decided to go a step further in managing the accounts of deceased persons.
This is one of the consequences of all digital: today, we leave traces of us everywhere, especially on social networks. And when we die, all that is still present, we continue to live on the Internet. This is particularly true on Facebook, which today has between three and four million dead accounts. Pages turned into burials and must continue to maintain.
The first step in 2015 was to “memorialize” the accounts of the deceased, in other words, to protect them. This is a process that allows, after a report to Facebook in the event of the death of a loved one, to turn the account into a “commemoration account”. Specifically, the account is kept as it is and it allows to maintain a semblance of connection with the deceased. You can look at his status, comment on his pictures, write a note on his wall.
This commemoration account is managed by one or more persons, officially designated during its lifetime by the user and who act as legatees. The account is managed with a minimum of respect and an external connection to the account is blocked. Designated administrators can also decide, if they do not want to manage the deceased’s page, to ask Facebook to delete the account.