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With 8K users who die every day, Facebook will become a virtual cemetery: Will your digital device be ready?

NEW DELHI: Nearly 8,000 Facebook users die every day. By the end of this century, Facebook will become the world's largest virtual cemetery, as it will have more profiles of dead people than live users.

Facebook is just one of several social media platforms. Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Reddit and others have not flooded, collecting millions of users.

There are more than two billion people on Facebook, over 1.5 billion of WhatsApp, a billion Instagram and 336 million on Twitter – millions of them from India.

Although we spend considerable time on digital platforms, few of us actually think about what will happen to our digital assets when we die.

The big question is: How to make digital platforms understand the need to transfer digital assets – personal photos, videos and friendly opinions – to the family after one member is no longer.


"When someone dies, leaving behind his e-mail and social media accounts, they move in the property, and that's it, all the heirs of the person concerned may seek the right to access it," said Pavan Dhagal, one of the highest cyber experts.

Facebook allows people to choose a secure contact – a family member or a friend who can manage their account when they pass.

"Once someone finds out that a person has died, we will mention the account," says Facebook.

The legacy contact will be able to write a post to display at the top of the memorialized Timeline.

If someone likes, he or she can grant a legacy contact permit to download an archive of photos, posts and information about a profile that he shares on Facebook.


However, hereditary contact can not be reported as a person who has died or to see the person's personal messages. Alternatively, you can allow Facebook to know that the account is permanently deleted after death.

The digital successor can preserve precious moments of the social media of the deceased and give it to future generations through tools such as external hard drive, cloud storage, pen or DVDs.

The said heirs may require the digital / social media to gain access after giving the necessary proof.

"Undoubtedly, the service provider may not be inclined to grant such an access without a requisite order from the competent court. This may mean obtaining a certificate of succession from a competent court that may be a process that takes time," Jaggal told INSII.


Google, which owns Gmail, YouTube and Picasa Web Albums, has an "Inactive Account Manager" feature that allows the user to nominate who has access to his or her information. If people do not log in after a while, their accounts can be deleted or shared with a particular person.

According to Twitter, "In the case of the death of a Twitter user, we can work with a person authorized to act on behalf of the property or with a certified member of the immediate family of the deceased to have a deactivated account."

However, Twitter says that "we are not able to provide access to anyone's account, regardless of his relationship with the deceased."


As Facebook, Instagram mentions the bills, but they can not be changed and no one can log into the account.

Instagram asks friends and relatives to contact e-mail to inform them that a user has died and is seeking evidence of death.

Apple iCloud and iTunes accounts are "not transferable", which means that any right to information ends when the user is no longer.

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