This past week, Facebook announced that they are now offering a “memorialization” option for the profiles of deceased users. Friends and family can “memorialize” the accounts of dead loved ones, so that they are locked from future logins, stripped of contact information, and no longer appears in “Suggestions” (i.e. ‘You haven’t poked Joe in a while! Click to send him a message!’). The dead person profile option is obviously ripe for abuse. Here’s what was written about it on the official Facebook blog:
If you have a friend or a family member whose profile should be memorialized, please contact us, so their memory can properly live on among their friends on Facebook. As time passes, the sting of losing someone you care about also fades but it never goes away.