The Dead to get Special Memorialised Facebook Pages

facebook-deathFacebook has just announced that it’s bringing in a new feature that will allow friends and family to ‘memorialise’ the profiles of their loved ones who have sadly shuffled loose this mortal coil.

As well as being able to memorialise the deceased Facebook will also ensure that the friends and family are not needlessly reminded of their loss. There has been incidents where users were sent updates of their recently deceased friends whilst on the social networking site and even cases of dead members being suggested as friends to those they might know!

These ‘memorialised’ accounts will be given new privacy settings which will only allow previously confirmed friends to access the profile and will ensure that the deceased person’s profile will not appear in any search results.

Contact information and status updates will also be removed from memorialised pages which will no longer appear in any friend suggestion areas of the site.

Before any wouldbe prankster decides to get busy – Facebook is demanding “proof” of the death in the form of an obituary or news article before they will memorialise any pages.

Writing in the official Facebook blog, head of security for Facebook, Max Kelly, said: “When someone leaves us, they don’t leave our memories or our social network.” He added: “To reflect that reality, we created the idea of “memorialised” profiles as a place where people can save and share the memories of those who’ve passed.”

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