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Facebook to Use AI to Stop Notifications About Deceased Ones: Report

“While minors can’t select legacy contacts, we recently changed our policies to let parents who have lost children under 18 to request to become their legacy contact,” said Facebook.

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This photograph taken on May 16, 2018, shows a figurine standing in front of the logo of social network Facebook on a cracked screen of a smartphone in Paris. VOA

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

In 2015, Facebook introduced a feature that lets people choose a legacy contact – a family member or friend entrusted to care for their Facebook account when they pass away.

“If an account hasn’t yet been memorialised, we use AI to help keep it from showing up in places that might cause distress, like recommending that person be invited to events or sending a birthday reminder to their friends,” Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer at Facebook said in a blog post late on Tuesday.

According to her, the improved AI will keep the profile of a deceased loved one from appearing in painful ways. The social media giant, however, did not elaborate on how it is going to do that.

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FILE – The Facebook app icon is shown on an iPhone in New York. VOA

The social media giant has also introduced new tools for memorialised accounts like a new Tribute section and additional controls for survivors overseeing those accounts.

Over 30 million people view memorialised profiles every month to post stories, commemorate milestones and remember those who have passed away.

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“The new Tributes section creates a separate tab on memorialised profiles where friends and family can share posts – all while preserving the original timeline of their loved one,” Sandberg said.

“While minors can’t select legacy contacts, we recently changed our policies to let parents who have lost children under 18 to request to become their legacy contact,” said Facebook. (IANS)

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Facebook To Shut Down Group Story Feature

Facebook has announced it will soon shut down its group stories feature of the social media's groups to post videos and photos that disappear within 24 hours

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An iPhone displays the app for Facebook in New Orleans, Aug. 11, 2019. VOA

Facebook has announced it will soon shut down its group stories feature which allows administrators and members of the social media’s groups to post videos and photos that disappear within 24 hours, media reported on Saturday.

The company is shutting down this feature on September 26. Soon, the existing group stories will be deleted and users will not be able to post any new stories, CNET reported.

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The company is shutting down this feature on September 26. Pixabay

“We’re sunsetting group stories because we want to make sure that features in groups enable people to connect in fun and useful ways, and we are always looking at ways to improve the overall experience for communities on Facebook,” a Facebook spokesman said.

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Facebook groups are an online space where the users come together and chat about common interests. As per report, more than 1.4 billion people on Facebook use groups every month.  (IANS)