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When someone passes away, Facebook offers options for managing their account. Here’s an overview of Facebook’s policies and procedures for handling accounts of deceased users:

Memorialization: Facebook allows accounts to be memorialized after the user passes away. Once an account is memorialized, it’s designated as a place for friends and family to remember and celebrate the person’s life. Some key points about memorialized accounts:

The word “Remembering” is added next to the person’s name on their profile.

Privacy settings are adjusted so that only confirmed friends can see the person’s profile or locate it in searches.

No one can log in to a memorialized account, and certain account functions are restricted.

Legacy Contact: Facebook users can choose a legacy contact, who is authorized to manage their account after they pass away. A legacy contact can do the following:

  • Write a pinned post for the profile (such as a final message or information about memorial services).
  • Respond to new friend requests.
  • Update the profile picture and cover photo.
  • Request the removal of the account.

Requesting Removal: If a user hasn’t chosen a legacy contact, or if the family wishes to have the account removed entirely, they can request that Facebook remove the account. Facebook may require proof of death (such as an obituary or death certificate) before processing the request.

Memorialization Request Form: Facebook provides a form for requesting the memorialization or removal of a deceased person’s account. This form allows family members or authorized individuals to submit a request and provide necessary information.

Privacy of Deceased User’s Information: Depending on the account’s privacy settings, certain information may be visible only to confirmed friends or may be limited to memorialized accounts.

It’s essential for friends and family members to familiarize themselves with these options and to respect the wishes of the deceased regarding their Facebook account. If you’re unsure about how to proceed or need assistance, reach out to Facebook’s support team for guidance.