Have you ever thought of what happens to you Facebook account after your death? If you haven’t, you should start planning for that.
Of course, no one lives forever but your legacies keep living. People plan how to manage their physical asset to others after their death, in wills but they, as of this time, do not include what they wish for their digital assets after their death. (Harris poll’s 2009 online survey on adult Americans revealed this). Your digital asset includes all your online presence on social media, company servers, World Wide Web, etc.
Usually, the family members of a deceased family reach out to websites and request for the deletion of the deceased accounts and profiles.
Although, it might not have been in companies start-up plans, several of have started endorsing dogmas for managing the online presence of a deceased person. In fact, Facebook launched the “legal contract” feature on their platform for their users to decide and state what they want to happen to their accounts after death which includes who gets access to their account. Couple years ago, Google also started allowing users to pass on their information after death.
Statistics have shown that 70% adult American are yet to designate who takes over their virtual assets even as they have the opportunity to do so; 50% are unaware that they can now include the virtual assets in their wills; 39% assumed that virtual presence can easily be accessed and managed after the death of a deceased. 31% of the surveyed people choose to be venerated on the platforms they have account but 50% of them prefer the deletion of their profile after their death.
Quite a number of these subjects are much interested in what happens to their online banking accounts and e-commerce accounts like eBay, Amazon and others than social media accounts such as Facebook, Twitter, instagram etc.