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What happens to your Facebook page when you die?

  • An estimated 30 million Facebook profiles have outlived their owners, report says
  • Once Facebook receives a report that a user has died, privacy is restricted, spokesperson says
What happens to your Facebook page when you die?

Some people live and die by Facebook -- literally.

There are an estimated 30 million Facebook profiles that have outlived their owners, The Huffington Post recently reported.  And when the deceased become part of this “virtual cemetery,” people obviously still have the ability to view their comments, photos and activity as though time stood still the day their friend or family member died.

According to Entrustet founder Nate Lustig, approximately three million Facebook users will die by the end of this month, the site noted. His business helps individuals create a will for their online data and allows them to leave all of their passwords to a designated heir to manage.

For those of us who don’t leave our online accounts to an heir, our Facebook pages will turn into memorials automatically. Fred Wolens, a Facebook spokesman, told the HuffPost that once the company receives a report that a Facebook user has deceased, privacy is restricted to friends only so that they can “make posts in remembrance.”

Do you think that access to a deceased friend’s Facebook helps to haunt or comfort those they left behind? Would you put someone in charge of your online accounts before you pass? Leave your comments below.

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