Facebook is now introducing a new “Tributes” section for memorialized accounts, according to a TechCrunch report.
When someone passes away, Facebook allows their profile to be turned into a memorialized account. That way, friends and family are able to still see their posts and write on their wall if the privacy settings allow it. The word “Remembering” is shown next to the person’s name on their profile.
The new Tribute section lets people leave messages that are separate from the rest of the profile’s timeline.
According to TechCrunch, Facebook describes the section “as a space on memorialized profiles where friends and family can post stories, commemorate a birthday, share memories and more.”
Memorialized accounts have “legacy contacts” who are in charge of the accounts after they die. TechCrunch reported some of those contacts were notified by an alert telling them about “some new features for your legacy contact if your account is memorialized.”
Legacy contacts will have more control over the Tribute section than they do over the rest of the account. They can decide who can see or post tributes and also delete them. However, legacy contacts won’t be able to log into an account, read messages, remove friends, or make any new friend requests.
Currently, the feature isn’t available to everybody, although Facebook says it’s working on rolling it out.