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Facebook Will Stop Suggesting You Invite Dead People to Events

April 9th 19__Dan Robitzski__Filed Under: Future Society
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Friends Forever

Facebook is overhauling how it handles dead people’s profiles. For instance, it’ll no longer recommend that you invite the departed to events like barbecues and concerts.

A new blog post by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg describes a number of changes that are meant to give deceased users’ legacy contacts — who essentially act as executors of their accounts — more control over how people can interact with these so-called “memorialized accounts.”

Dead Alive

On one hand, it’s good to see Facebook take steps to change its algorithm as the platform inevitably becomes a virtual graveyard for former users who have passed away.

But adding a dedicated “tributes” page to the profiles of the dead could be read another way: as showing that Facebook is committed, above all else, to making sure people continue interacting on the site — dead or alive.

READ MORE: Facebook adds new tributes section to memorialized profiles [The Verge]

More on digital memorials: The Digital Afterlife is Open for Business. But It Needs Rules.