Facebook Introduces TRIBUTE Section for Memorialized Accounts

Making it easier to honor a loved ones on Facebook after they pass away, Facebook introduces new section for memorialized accounts called the “Tribute”. This Tribute section in Facebook is letting users post messages in a section separate from the profile’s timeline. Facebook describes its Tributes section as a place where “friends and family can post stories, commemorate a birthday, share memories, and more.” The feature isn’t available to everyone just yet, however, so it depends on what area you live in.

“Today we’re sharing updates to make this experience even more supportive for our community: a new tributes section for memorialized accounts; additional controls for people who manage memorialized accounts; and improved AI to keep the profile of a deceased loved one from appearing in painful ways,” said Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer, Facebook.

Memorialized accounts are the accounts whose original holder has passed away but the friends or family have come together to share memories. Either you can choose a legacy contact to look after your account or you can have it permanently deleted. If the account is not permanently deleted and Facebook becomes aware of your passing, it will be memorialized. Memorialized account managers will get a lot more controls and the help of improved artificial intelligence to prevent the profile of the deceased from showing up in distressing ways such as getting a notification to wish your deceased friend ‘Happy Birthday’.

Legacy contacts can now moderate the posts shared to the new tributes section by changing tagging settings, removing tags and editing who can post and see posts. This helps them manage content that might be hard for friends and family to see if they’re not ready. In addition to creating supportive tools, Facebook also hopes to minimize experiences that might be painful. If an account hasn’t yet been memorialized, facebook uses AI to help keep it from showing up in places that might cause distress, like recommending that person be invited to events or sending a birthday reminder to their friends.

Finally, the company is expanding the “tributes” section that’s available to profiles that have been memorialized. The tributes section will serve as a dedicated space for friends and relatives to leave messages on a loved one’s profile while preserving the original timeline of their loved one.

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