Facebook Launches New Tools For Profiles of Deceased Users

Doris Richards
April 12, 2019

As well as that, legacy contacts - a friend or family member entrusted to look after a user's Facebook profile after their death - have been given new controls, which allow them to "moderate the posts shared to the new tributes section by changing tagging settings, removing tags and editing who can post and see posts".

"These changes are the result of feedback we heard from people of different religions and cultural backgrounds as well as experts and academics".

Lastly, Facebook says that it has made additional improvements to its AI algorithms to prevent memorialized accounts from appearing in inappropriate places, like recommendations for event invitations or on the automatically generated list of birthday reminders.

More than 30 million people view memorialised profiles each month, the company said.

'This lets people see the types of posts that are most helpful to them as they grieve and remember their loved ones, ' she added.

Facebook is launching a new "Tributes" section, creating a separate tab on memorialized profiles where friends and family may share posts.

"We hope Facebook remains a place where the memory and spirit of our loved ones can be celebrated and live on", said Facebook's chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg.

After a Facebook learns a user has died it "memorialises" the account and adds the word "remembering" in front of the person's name.

It's hard to cope with the loss of a loved one, and it's harder when their profile pops up on Facebook as a suggestion, as if they were still alive.

Facebook is to introduce artificial intelligence to stop friends and family members receiving notifications about the profiles of those who have died.

Then, once a profile has been memorialized, this person can write pinned posts, update your profile and cover photo, or request the account be removed. We're working to get better and faster at this.

Legacy contacts will be able to moderate posts on a profile they are looking after, and parents who have lost children under the age of 18 will be able to apply to be a legacy contact - updating a policy that previously did not allow those under 18 to select one.

'If the account holder chose a legacy contact, the legacy contact can control who can post tributes on the memorialized account and who can see those tributes'.

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