Facebook will use artificial intelligence to stop notifications about the dead

"These changes are the result of feedback we heard from people of different religions and cultural backgrounds as well as experts and academics", Ms Sandberg said. Unless someone explicitly informs Facebook that a family member has died, Facebook has been known to remind friends to send birthday greetings, or invite a deceased loved one to an event.

According to Facebook, over 30 million people visit memorialised accounts every month to reminisce about the person or post milestones or stories of their lives.

'This lets people see the types of posts that are most helpful to them as they grieve and remember their loved ones, ' she added. If the new algorithms do their job, they have the potential to keep the profiles of deceased loves one from "appearing in painful ways", Sandberg said. We're working to get better and faster at this. Legacy contacts will now be able to change additional settings, such as tags and who can view specific posts in the tributes section of a page.

The social network has confirmed it will also introduce a new Tributes section for memorialised accounts, which will enable friends and family to share posts in a separate area of a profile, preserving the original section.

Facebook introduced the ability to memorialize accounts as "a way for people on Facebook to remember and celebrate those who've passed away", and it allows friends and family to see content the deceased person shared while making it clear that they are no longer alive by adding the word "Remembering" in front of their name.

This would still be the case with the new feature, but will give legacy contacts more control over what shows up on the profile after a person's death.

Those under the age of 18 will not be able to nominate legacy contacts, but parents and guardians can contact Facebook directly to gain access. These are other Facebook users who they have designated as a trusted person or persons, who can take over in the event of their death.

Some of these changes have come in response to abuses of its systems, such as a "prank" in which users would falsely tell Facebook someone had died, locking that user out of their account, and causing friends distress.

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