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Luciana Demaria Artola offered help to the families of the dead Facebook users in a tweet. In the message, she wrote: 'If any of your loved ones have died, write to me.

I will assist with making a dedication account or deactivating their profile.

Artola's work began a few years ago, after the death of the brother of one of her French friends.

Giving an example, Artola said that a 21-year-old man died a few days ago and the organization informed the mother of the deceased youth that Artola could close the social media accounts of the deceased.

The mother then came and asked Artola to close her son's account.

Recently, Meta reported that for the first time, the number of active users of Facebook has decreased and it was unthinkable.

But with the advent of competitors like TikTok and Meta's excessive focus on MetaVerse, one thing is clear in a few decades.

The number of dead users of Facebook will be higher than the number of living users.

With profiles and posts of the dead, Facebook will become a huge digital graveyard — in fact, the largest graveyard in human history.


The number of young users is decreasing

The world's largest social network is owned by Meta Facebook. 200 crore monthly users.

Second place goes to Meta-owned Instagram (excluding YouTube).

Last October, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted that the average age of Facebook users is higher than that of users of other platforms.

Meta is the only one of the large organizations to have made a 'dedication represent' the dead.

This has been done on both Facebook and Instagram stages.

When someone dies, someone close to him or someone like Louisiana Demaria Artola sends a request with proof of death, and Facebook changes the person's account settings.

Posts by the deceased can be seen and others can write on the wall in his memory, but followers will no longer receive birthday alerts or notifications of activities.


No regulation

Who owns this information?

How much access will our great-grandchildren and historians have to this information?

And how will Meta show respect for the privacy of the dead?

Deaths are not covered by European data protection laws.

Spain's Data Protection Act states that relatives of the deceased may request the receipt, correction, or deletion of their personal information.

Natalie Liner, a professor at Drake University in Iowa, said she was concerned about the lack of legislation.

"Companies can make their own rules about the death of a user."

Professor Liner said 'users wanted to see their loved ones' and based on their demands, Facebook runs a memorial page.

According to Richard Whitt, a former Google employee, the goal of social media companies is to make a profit, not to serve their users.

Whitt questioned whether these companies could be trusted to serve customers. "What guarantee is there that these companies will continue to provide "digital graveyard" services 30, 40, 50 years from now?"

And if the number of dead user accounts exceeds the number of surviving users, another path may open up for these companies.

By analyzing the Facebook activities of the grandparents, they can try to predict the behavior of the grandchildren.


Who owns your past?

One of the main skirmishes of this period is the battle for admittance to individual data.

If any historian of the year 2070 wants to do research on the 'Black Lives Matter' then the information on Facebook will be very important for him.

But the question is - where will this information be stored?

And who will own this information?

Many claims that the internet is just a piece of rubbish.

There is another way other than 'open-access' information.

Richard Whitt said that through a concerted effort, digital information can be stored with the help of business models and data technology, and government policies.

A British company called Immortal is creating a digital archive through crowdfunding.

This computerized will store digital information or wills of families.

Immortal will give you a folder on your desktop.

There every user will upload all the information or pictures that they want to leave for the successors.

This method ensures the preservation of digital files — but accessible only to the user's successors.

However, finding a solution that is acceptable to everyone globally will be a time-consuming task.
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