Couple Wins Right to View Dead Child’s Facebook Account

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Date: 2/20/13

Source: CBS

Abstract: A bill presented to the Virginia General Assembly is now moving forward to the governors office that would allow parents to access their dead child’s Facebook account. While Facebook’s privacy policy prohibits anyone gaining access to another persons account, even in the case of  minors, after thirty days of the child’s death, parents would be able to access their accounts with a written request and a death certificate. While I believe this raises many issues with basic amendment rights, when reading Balsamo’s “Designing Culture,” I couldn’t help think of Facebook when she discusses how technological innovations have cultural consequences and over time can change what it means to be human. Facebook through little over a decade has dramatically changed social relationships, began to redefine how we interact with one another, and I feel this issue, though very sensitive, only begins to highlight the complexities brought by Facebook’s new cultural consequences.


Global Issue: Amendment rights, Social-Networking

Primary Design Lens: Information Design

Secondary Design Lens: User Interface Design


-Samantha Cooper

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2 Responses to Couple Wins Right to View Dead Child’s Facebook Account

  1. Barbara says:

    Samantha, let’s discuss this along with Jennifer’s post (above). Together you raise interesting questions about the cultural consequences of new technologies.

  2. Hi there friends, pleasant piece of writing and pleasant urging commented here, I am
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