Massucci's Take: Facebook memorials could undermine good intentions



's plan to memorialize its dead users is certainly well-intentioned. The idea got underway after a Facebook employee was tragically killed in a bicycle accident. As his co-workers struggled to come to grips with the tragedy, they also came up with an idea: Why not offer Facebook memorials for users who pass on? Last week, that is exactly what Facebook did. Now, you can memorialize a dead Facebook user.

But the decision could open the door to a litany of problems. Among the potential issues: Who has the right to determine if a site is memorialized? What if the husband memorializes his wife on Facebook but the wife's parents think that such a move is in poor taste -- can the page then be taken down?