Facebook after death debated

2012-03-16 07:26

Lincoln - What happens to your Facebook page after you die? Lawmakers and attorneys in at least two US states are considering proposals that would require social networks to let family members access the account of a dead loved one.

The issue is increasingly important as people record more online and more disputes break out over that material.

Oklahoma was the first state to take action, passing a law in 2011. Now Nebraska and Oregon are considering similar measures.

Facebook already has a system to report deaths. When the site learns that a member has died, it puts that person's account in a memorialised state.

But the legislation would go beyond that practice by making the site contents part of a person's digital estate.

  • Anthony - 2012-03-16 07:36


  • TBlogger - 2012-03-16 08:05

    um, seriously?? Are there not enough issues for people to worry about while you're actually alive that they start passing laws for insignificant things like a facebook account for when you dead?? Jeez Loueeezz..

  • Anne - 2012-03-16 08:08

    This is a difficult one ! I have seen the wall of a deceased young girl and I would hate her family/parents to see that. I would want to spare them all that darker detail in their daughter's life. On the other hand it could also be a way in which to treasure memories with photos, friends and funny comments. Glad it is not my decision to make !

  • Patrick - 2012-03-16 08:21

    Just expunge the page.Ja and amen!

  • janti.cloete - 2012-03-16 08:38

    Wanner ek dood wil ek he my vriend moet op my "wall" skryf iets soos: Tot hier toe en nie verder nie.... Of dit was lekker maar is nou klaar....

  • Jon - 2012-03-16 08:38

    I agree with this..... Its a big part of our lives now and laws have to be ammended accordingly for situations like death.....

  • corneliusjansen2 - 2012-03-16 08:51

    the account should stay up...but you should still retain your privacy once you have died...for exaple the message you have privately sent to other members shouldnt be seen by your

  • Adrian - 2012-03-16 08:56

    Looking on the lighter side of the whole matter, at least someone could inherit all your Farmville farms! LOL

  • symbolofmylife - 2012-03-16 08:58

    I'll say its up to the user to set those measures before he/she passes on. Maybe even nominate a specific fb friend that will have access.

      Schmee - 2012-03-16 09:34

      Now that is a good idea. Hope the right people take note of your comment.

  • Schmee - 2012-03-16 09:03

    I would object to having my privacy settings violated when I'm dead. Oh wait, I'll be dead and won't be able to do anything about. Oh well, sigh.

  • marietspeel - 2012-03-16 09:47

    Have an envelope with your various access codes (update site, usercode, password) securely hidden and put its location in your testament - problem solved. I'll just leave the password to my BB Password Keeper.

  • reine.marais - 2012-03-16 09:49

    Think about this my friends. SARS will have the option to place an arbitrary value on a Facebook page so that your heirs will have to pay taxes on it....

  • Eugene - 2012-03-16 10:52

    Just block the dead person

  • Linda - 2012-03-16 12:09

    What is bad is that Facebook still include the page of the person who is deceased in their automatic posts.. such as the question game, etc. How does one turn this off, as it is upsetting to the family?

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