Thursday, 18 April, 2019

Facebook will stop asking you to wish your dead friends happy birthday

Facebook will use AI to stop recommending you drop dead friends a line Because AI doesn't already have enough on its plate at Facebook
Katie Ramirez | 12 April, 2019, 11:12

Facebook made the changes based on feedback from different religions and cultures, as well as experts and academics. It's a good memorial spot for friends and loved ones, but keeping the account open can cause unintentional pain, as the social media site might prompt you to invite the deceased to an event or remind you of their birthday. The tributes section will serve as a dedicated space for friends and relatives to leave messages on a loved one's profile "while preserving the original timeline of their loved one", according to Sandberg.

Facebook is now sharing updates to make this experience even more supportive for the community: a new tributes section for memorialised accounts; additional controls for people who manage memorialised accounts; and improved AI to keep the profile of a deceased loved one from appearing in painful ways.

Facebook has admitted accidentally asking users to invite dead friends to events or wish them happy birthday, as the company pledged to fix the issue.

In the past, there have been instances where Facebook has applied the same AI algorithms to memorialised accounts, as it does to regular accounts.

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San Francisco: Facebook will use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to determine if a user is dead but his or her contacts keep receiving notifications like birthday reminder.

Additionally, Facebook is adding new options for legacy contacts (a friend or family member who is granted the power to convert an account into a memorialized account after the user's death) to better manage those pages. That's why it's so important that those closest to the deceased person can decide when to take that step. Legacy contacts will be able to moderate the new tribute section, limiting who can post or see posts on that page. Sandberg didn't explain exactly how the new artificial intelligence features will work, but a Facebook spokesperson told NPR the company will look at a variety of signals that might indicate the person is deceased.

Legacy contacts must be designated by the Facebook user before their death. Legacy contacts can now moderate the posts shared to the tributes section by changing tagging settings, removing tags and changing privacy settings.

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