The Saturday Trust—Facebook Legacy Security Setting

Leaving your Facebook account to an heir

Say, what now?

An important service from Facebook

The Reason for All of This

Family members die, friends pass away...It's strange when someone dies and leaves a personal Facebook page behind.

Friends of the deceased often flock to Facebook in search of information about memorial services, personal messages from family members, and the opportunity to express heartfelt condolences.  I did this recently when I wanted to send a sympathy card and needed a mailing address.

When a Facebook page remains unattended, it adds to the feeling of loss.  Like it or not, Facebook is an extension of who we are in life and the connections we make online, so it makes sense that our online presence remains after we are gone.   

From a practical standpoint, it's less expensive, faster, and a lot less hassle than leaving it to a family member to write an obit for the newspaper.  When my dad passed away a year ago, I had to deal with the local newspaper idiot who felt that it was his place to edit my obit and then charge me $150 to run the obit for a couple of days.  Bullshit on that.

Who is Using Facebook 

Recent Pew Research demographics (9 January 2015) show that a whopping 71 percent of online adults use Facebook.  

  • 77 percent of women online use Facebook
  • 66 percent of men online use fb
  • 73 percent of Internet users between the ages of 30-49 are on fb
  • 63 percent of Internet users between the ages of 50-64 have fb accounts
  • 56 percent of those who are 65 & older use fb
  • The median number of actual friends reported was 50

Among those with fb accounts...
  • 93 percent of fb users say that they are fb friends with family members other than their parents or their children
  • 91 percent say that they are fb friends with current friends
  • 58 percent say that they are connected to work colleagues

These figures blow away other popular social websites like Twitter (23% of adult Internet users), Instagram (26%), Pinterest (28%) and LinkedIn (28%).  Being connected on Facebook is preferred by the vast majority of Internet users.

Get Started 
  1. In the upper right corner of your fb page, click the little padlock & select "See More Settings"
  2. On the left sidebar menu, click the "Security" gold badge
  3. Under "Security Settings," click Legacy Contact
  4. Select your legacy contact from your friends list
  5. Done!
If you want to change your legacy contact, just go back to your security settings and select a new person from your friends list.

Choose your legacy contact from your friends list

What Your Legacy Contact CAN Do

Your legacy contact may manage your account in the following ways:
  • Post messages to your timeline
  • Respond to new friend requests 
  • Upload photos
  • Update your banner & profile pix
  • Set the privacy perms to allow condolences to be posted, or not

What Your Legacy Contact Cannot Do
  • Log into your account (do not give out your password)
  • Remove or change past posts
  • Read messages you've sent to other friends
  • Remove your friends

Setting Your Account to Delete if You Kick the Bucket

Facebook also has an option of deleting your account if you die.  

  1. In the top right corner of your timeline, click the padlock
  2. Select "See More Settings"
  3. From the left sidebar menu, select the gold badge "Security"
  4. Click "Legacy Contact" & click the delete box instead of selecting a contact from your friends list.
  5. Someone has to contact fb to let them know when an account owner has passed away.  They will require proof that the account owner has died.
Facebook will need documentation that the account owner is deceased

Click HERE for more info about memorialized accounts from the Facebook Help center.

Have a great weekend!

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