How does Facebook treat a dead person’s profile?

For a Brisbane family who lost a loved one in a motorbike accident, his Facebook profile was an important link to the man they loved – until it was deleted. Family members are heartbroken and experts say it highlights the growing importance of being prepared for “digital death”. The social media giant pulled down Banyo father-of-six Daniel Cook’s profile after he died, something it says can be done after a request from “verified immediate family members”.

Fiona Wrigley, the mother of Mr Cook’s two eldest children, said Abby, 17, and Curtis, 14, were devastated when they found they could no longer access certain memories of their father, including photos that had never been downloaded.