Facebook is changing its policies regarding profiles of users who have passed away. #digitalfootprint
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Facebook has changed its policies regarding profiles of users who have passed away. Feb 21st 2014.
A memorialized Facebook profile (when someone has died) was only visible to friends of the deceased, but now Facebook has altered its privacy settings on memorialized profiles so that all functions operate as they did when the user was active on the platform. For example, if a user kept his profile public to anyone on Facebook, that is the way his profile will be even after his passing.
"This will allow people to see memorialized profiles in a manner consistent with the deceased person's expectations of privacy," members of Facebook's community team wrote in their blog. "We are respecting the choices a person made in life while giving their extended community of family and friends ongoing visibility to the same content they could always see."
The policy change involves "Look Back" videos, which were unveiled as part of Facebook's 10th anniversary in early February. Users will now be able to request a "Look Back" video of a loved one who has died.
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Comment: This does assume that you have lived your life on Facebook….. I will always assume that there is more digital data out there than on Facebook.