Life After Death Online

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Life After Death Online

As I sipped my morning coffee and scrolled through my Facebook feed, I wondered what would happen to my social media profiles when I passed away. Curiosity piqued, and I quickly discovered I wasn’t alone in pondering this question. Many others had already sought answers on Facebook’s Help Center. Here’s the response I found:

According to Facebook, if a user passes away, their account can be memorialized upon reporting the information. Memorializing accounts involves removing sensitive information like status updates and limiting only profile access to confirmed friends. However, for privacy reasons, Facebook cannot provide login information to anyone. However, they honor requests from close family members to close the account entirely.

While this answered my initial query, it gave rise to another thought – should I update my Will to include instructions for my Executor regarding my social networking accounts? A quick Google search revealed that I wasn’t alone contemplating this idea. I stumbled upon an organization called Everplans. They have several informative posts on digital estate and offer services to help organize those accounts.

Given these findings, updating my will and appointing a digital executor to manage my online presence after I’m gone seems prudent. It’s incredible how one simple thought can open up a new realm of responsibilities and considerations. Perhaps I should stop having these epiphanies, as they always seem to add to my ever-growing to-do list and potentially incur additional expenses.

Digital estate planning is becoming increasingly important in our technologically interconnected world. So, if you’re reading this, take a moment to ponder what will happen to your social media accounts when you’re no longer around. It may be time to consider a digital executor.

Disclaimer: The author of this text does not have an affiliate relationship with Facebook, Everplans, or any other linked resources mentioned in the text. The information provided is based on personal research and should not be considered professional or legal advice. It is recommended to consult with a legal professional for guidance on digital estate planning and related matters.

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