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Brits can now pass their Facebook profile on after they die

Nick Summers, @nisummers
July 27, 2015
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When a loved one passes away, their Facebook profile page can become an important place for friends and family to remember them by. The company already offers memorialized accounts, which shows the word "remembering" next to their name and stops anyone from logging in, but now it's going a step further with legacy contacts. The feature is rolling out in Europe today after its US debut in February, and allows users to choose a friend or relative to manage their account after they've died. Once activated, this person can write a post at the top of their timeline -- for instance, to share details about a memorial service -- respond to friend requests and update their profile and cover photos. Users can also give legacy accounts permission to download an archive of their profile, including photos and posts, for safe keeping should they wish for their account to be deleted.

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