Facebook to turn into the biggest virtual graveyard by 2098

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 Before the end of the century, more people will be dead on Facebook than alive.

The social network, which currently has 1.5billion users worldwide, will turn into the world’s biggest virtual graveyard by 2098.

Facebook’s refusal to automatically delete dead users automatically and the plateauing membership of the site means that the living will be outnumbered sooner than you might think.

Online legacy planning company called the Digital Beyond has claimed that 970,000 Facebook users will die this year alone across the world.

That compares to 385,968 in 2010 and 580,000 in 2012.

Facebook’s policy on dead users had led to criticism as some families want more control over how their loved ones are remembered online.

Some dead people still appear as having birthdays in users’ news feeds and alerts despite having passed away.

 Facebook has tried to get around the problem by asking users to appoint a ‘Legacy Contact’, a sort of online executor of their will, before they die.

The Legacy Contact can administer the page after you pass away by writing one last post and even approving new friend requests.

The contact can also update your cover and profile photo to something more appropriate after you have died.

Facebook declined to comment when asked about its own projection for when dead users will outnumber the living.

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