Facebook users could choose ‘digital heirs’

The new scheme will enable digital heirs to pin posts, respond to new friend requests and update profile pictures (File photo: Shutterstock)

Social networking giant Facebook is allowing users to name a digital heir who will be able to look after the account when they die – British daily The Independent reported on Thursday.

Under the new rules a nominated person will be able to make certain limited changes to the account – alternatively the account holder can opt for the page to be taken down altogether in the event of their death.

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It is a significant step from the current policy that sees the account frozen when Facebook is made aware of a user’s death. This has meant the account remained online, but could not be changed.
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Source News: Alarabiya