A few weeks ago I wrote about what happens to digital assets on death or disability. Many websites prohibit access to an account by anyone, except a registered user, even after the account owner has died or become disabled.
Facebook has provided at least a partial answer to the problem. It is now possible to appoint someone to be a legacy contact. A legacy contact is someone who may add a post after death, respond to new friend requests, and update the profile picture and cover photo. The legacy contact me also download a copy of what has been shared on the Facebook account. Facebook knowledges that additional rights maybe granted to a legacy contact in the future.
The legacy contact still has fairly limited rights and access. More specifically, the legacy contact may not log into the account, remove or change any prior posts or photos, remove any friends, or read any messages sent using Facebook.
Although this doesn’t resolve all of the issues and concerns, it is a step in the right direction.