Measure Addresses Facebook Accounts of Deceased

By: Laura Berry Email
By: Laura Berry Email

When someone passes away, their Facebook page lives on. Now those left behind are fighting for the right to access the social media accounts of the deceased.

"We have had a lot of problems after folks pass away with shutting down Facebook accounts and other people posting inappropriate items," said Lincoln attorney Andrew Loudon who is pushing for a bill which allows the executor of an estate to shut down social media accounts.

Due to Facebook's privacy policies, an account cannot be shut down unless the site has been given proof that the account holder has passed away, but the site also won't communicate with someone who isn't the account owner.

The bill would allow family members to shut down the accounts of deceased loved-ones.


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