Voice of America: Even After Death, Social Media Still Connects Loved Ones

Voice of America: Even After Death, Social Media Still Connects Loved Ones. “Social media is turning into a vast graveyard for profiles of owners who have passed away, leaving them unattended or as standing memorials. And some experts are urging social networks to do more to help users prepare for their digital deaths. There are millions of them – pages that remain on social media sites, and in some cases, automatically update after their owners’ death. The numbers vary from 5 million to as many as 300 million, according to Jed Brubaker, a digital death expert with the University of Colorado, Boulder. But it’s hard to know the exact numbers because ‘tracking the rate of death across the world is hard,’ he said.”

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