What will happen to your Facebook account when you die?

On Behalf of | Nov 1, 2022 | Estate Planning

Social media is a part of daily life for many people these days. Some people have even found a way to make a living using their online accounts.

They also make a tricky problem when you die. These online sites have quite strict security, so someone else getting access may be hard, especially if they do not have your password. So, you may wonder what will happen to your Facebook page when you die.

Password protection

If you leave your password to your account in your estate plan, then whoever you appoint to manage your assets should be able to access the account. Without a password, the chances are low that he or she will be able to gain access to the account to make changes or posts there.

Facebook policies

Facebook does offer an option to memorialize an account when someone dies. Your family can alert the platform of your death. The company will then memorialize it, which means it locks it as is. Going forward, nobody can make changes or additions to the account. It will stay as it was when you died. To memorialize an account, a person just has to contact the platform.

You can also name a legacy contact, who is someone who will have control upon your death. Facebook offers this option. Legacy contacts will have the ability to manage your account. He or she can add new friends, change the pictures on your profile and pin posts. If you do not have a legacy contact and Facebook memorializes your account, there is no option for anyone to log in and manage anything with the page. It locks it down.

If your social media accounts are important to you, then consider looking into each platform’s policies concerning what happens after you die.