Thursday, April 19, 2012

What happens to a person’s Facebook page when they’re no longer alive?

When you die, your social media presence does not go with you.  But, should it?  This is an interesting question that lawmakers are starting to debate.  What should happen to one’s digital life after death?  Personally, I’ve seen people’s Facebook profiles become heartfelt memorials of the person, as a result of Facebook friends continuing to post to their pages.  But some lawmakers are now saying that because digital property can be considered an asset just like physical property, a departed persons Facebook page ought to somehow automatically be part of that person’s estate. 

Right now, that’s not the way it is.  If a person leaves this life and takes his or her Facebook password with them, without a court order to do otherwise, that person’s Facebook page remains on Facebook.  Should the laws change this?  Or do we even need lawmakers meddling in this area?  What do you think?  I’d love to hear your comments on this one way or the other.

No comments:

Post a Comment