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Facebook Changes Account Memorialization Policy

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Facebook is reversing its policy on what happens to a person's Facebook page when they die.

Friends of a deceased Facebook user could previously ask the company to memorialize the account, but the memorialized account would only be available to see if you were friends with the person.

Now, the page will be left as it is, but the posts are visible to whomever the user specified when alive. Therefore, if the deceased user had a post that was of "public" privacy, then his memorialized account will show that to everyone. By extrapolatio, if you have embarrassing photos, they could potentially haunt you even in the afterlife if the privacy settings are not right.

This comes a week after a father's plea to Facebook got national attention after he requested access to his deceased son's account to see his "Look Back."

Despite the change in policy, there are mixed reviews online.

A reader from the UK wrote, "I have a deceased friend on my Facebook who was killed In A road accident aged 23. I am pleased, as are her relatives, that all her friends can access her site still. That way she remains very much a part of all of our lives."

However, Jalek wrote on PCWorld, "FB should be like any other website, pruning idle accounts after a year or so rather than trying to keep everything eternally like an NSA official."

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