The Internet makes it easy for people to drum up support for issues that impact their families and the people they love.
The Internet makes it easy for people to drum up support for issues that impact their families and the people they love. Recently, Josh Fallis was proud to announce that he's joined the movement to urge Facebook administrators to revise their memorialization policies. The petition can be found here.
Under current policy, when a person dies, that person's Facebook account is protected under a memorialization policy that essentially locks the information in place. Only the person's friends can see the page and post to it, and no family members can control what is placed on the page and who can see it.
"There are times when this might be a good idea, but there are plenty of other instances in which this policy could cause grieving families even more harm," says Josh Fallis. "Perhaps family members want to see photos of the person who has died, but they don't have access to the site. Or, perhaps there are comments on the site that the family would like to remove, as they are insensitive or unkind. By locking the family out of this level of control, it makes them feel even more helpless and lost. There's just no reason for it."
This petition is near and dear to the heart of Josh Fallis, as he also lost a connection to a beloved child in the past. He knows, on a firsthand basis, how much a little bit of knowledge and control can mean to a family wracked with grief.
"When my loss was new, I would have done anything just to have a small piece of my girl with me," he says. "Any little note she had written or photo she had taken was incredibly precious to me. I can't imagine what it would have been like to have blocked access to those gifts. I would have been banging on the doors of Facebook, just to get some of that access."
Josh Fallis hopes more people will sign the petition, and perhaps the policy will be changed with the next rollout of Facebook.
"They change things all the time, so I know that they can change this," Josh Fallis says. "If we get enough signatures, they may be persuaded to believe that it's important, and it's time to do something about it. I hope everyone will sign so we can put pressure on the company and make this happen."
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