Facebook | Adding a Legacy Contact

Posted on February 17, 2015

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Adding a person to your account after you leave us is now possible for Facebook. The “Legacy Contact” is more than just a Trusted Account.

Full article on Facebook News.

UPDATE 20 May 2015: This is now available for Australians.

Facebook Newsroom

By Vanessa Callison-Burch, Product Manager, Jasmine Probst, Content Strategist and Mark Govea, Software Engineer

Facebook is a place to share and connect with friends and family. For many of us, it’s also a place to remember and honor those we’ve lost. When a person passes away, their account can become a memorial of their life, friendships and experiences.

Today we’re introducing a new feature that lets people choose a legacy contact—a family member or friend who can manage their account when they pass away. Once someone lets us know that a person has passed away, we will memorialize the account and the legacy contact will be able to:

  • Write a post to display at the top of the memorialized Timeline (for example, to announce a memorial service or share a special message)
  • Respond to new friend requests from family members and friends who were not yet connected on Facebook
  • Update…

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