The number of dead people’s profiles on social networking sites is shockingly high. At present, in excess of 30 million dead person’s profiles are on Facebook. 100 years from now Facebook will have over 500 million accounts of dead people.
What happens when to an individual’s account on a social networking site when he/she dies? Is a dead persons profile removed from Facebook? Can a dead person’s account be accessed on Facebook?
Jed Brubaker, a PHD candidate in Informatics Department at University of California-Irvine specializing in human centered computing, social media and digital identity has through his research offered a
Memorializing an account- What does it mean?
Facebook’s current policy is memorializing deceased user accounts on the site as and when reported. Memorializing an account of an individual that’s passed away ensures only confirmed friends and family can view profile of deceased. In actuality although profile of deceased is locked, memorialized accounts lie forever on