Facebook users in the US can now decide what happens to their social media profiles after they die.
Users can grant control to a trusted friend or family member, who will manage their account in the event of their passing. A post-mortem Facebook is referred to by the company as a "legacy account," and can be assigned through the website's security page.
The director of your legacy account will have the ability to change your profile photo, accept friend requests and make announcements (after Facebook has verified, you are, indeed, dead). The option to download photos and posts is available, however, messages will not be available to the legacy contact, maintaining your privacy even after you've crossed over to the other side.
Facebook Users Are Now Granted Control Over Their Accounts After They Die
Vasiliki Marapas — February 12, 2015 — Pop Culture