Facebook makes profiles of dead users more visible

Facebook makes profiles of dead users more visible

Facebook is changing how it handles the visibility of deceased members’ accounts, allowing the social network to become a public memorial for the dead.

For years, the social network has allowed people to “memorialize” the profiles of dead family and friends, which locks down those accounts. But previously, Facebook restricted the visibility of memorialized accounts to friends only. Even if the deceased had public posts and images on their profile, people could no longer find the account in search results or see any of its content, unless they had been Facebook friends with the person before he or she passed away.

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