Women’s Health Magazine

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You probably don’t spend a lot of time making plans for what happens to your Facebook after you die—because, well, morbid. But a new Facebook policy addresses that (admittedly slightly unsettling) question.

You now have two options: You can choose to have your Facebook deleted permanently, or you can name a “legacy contact”—a.k.a., the heir to your Facebook page who will handle it posthumously. If you choose the latter option, once your account has been memorialized, your Facebook heir has the ability to write a post to pin at the top of your timeline (such as a memorial announcement or special message), respond to new friend requests, and update your profile picture and cover photo. Your legacy contact would not have access to any of your private messages or account details.
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