I “LIKE” ur memorial!




I “LIKE” your memorial


From the web article: How 1 Billion People Are Coping With Death and Facebook


This article highlights the ethical questions surrounding facebook accounts of users who have passed away.

It is hard to imagine the pain and suffering of a person who has lost someone that they love. Grieving the loss of a loved one varies from person to person. What may seem like acceptable means of grieving for one person, may be completely unacceptable for others. Cultures from around the world have adopted a vast variety of grieving practices. Cultures from all around the world are also being confronted with a new type of means for expressing grievances—Facebook (as well as any other form of online social networking). Users are passing away and leaving behind a socially accessible website that is still generating updates. Loved ones left behind to mourn the death of the deceased Facebooker must decide what actions to take regarding these still-active accounts. Facebook does offer some options including memorializing the fb page for family and friends to use respectfully. These options are stated in their user privacy policy. Listed below are the bulleted choices that surviving family and friends have regarding Facebook accounts of the deceased. Taken from the cited webpage linked above.


  • “The profile remains untouched, unaccessed, unreported and therefore open to everyday wall posts, photo tags, status mentions and Facebook ads. In other words, business as usual.
  • A family member or close friend may choose to report a death to Facebook. Upon receipt of proof of death, such as a death certificate or local obituary, Facebook will switch the dead user’s timeline to a “memorial page.”
  • A close family member may petition Facebook to deactivate a dead user’s account.
  • Users may gain access to a dead user’s profile in one of two ways: either through knowledge of the dead user’s password, a practice against Facebook’s terms of service, or through a court subpoena. However, per Facebook’s privacy policy and strict state law, courts rarely grant outside access to said social data.” [1]


Work Cited

[1]Buck, Stephanie. “How 1 Billion People Are Coping With Death and Facebook.”    Mashable. N.p., 14 Feb. 2013. Web. 17 Feb. 2013. <http://mashable.com/2013/02/13/facebook-after-death/&gt;.