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Facebook now has options for what happens to your account when you die

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Posted at 9:23 AM, Feb 12, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-12 15:34:28-05

Facebook has launched a "legacy contact" option in its security settings to give users ease of mind over what might happen to accounts upon death.

The legacy contact feature is found under security settings. Users are given the option to select a trusted person who would be given authority to take over the account upon the page owner's death. 

If a person chooses to have a legacy contact, he has the option of allowing the contact to download a copy of what the person shared through the history of the page, including "posts, photos, videos and info from the About section of the profile," according to Facebook.

"They won't post as you or see your messages," Facebook says.

If users wish to have pages deleted upon death instead of giving authorization to someone else, that is also an option. It is also found under the legacy contact section under security settings.