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    Father 'In Shock' Over Response to Facebook Plea

    Father 'In Shock' Over Response to Facebook Plea


    On Wednesday, John Berlin taped and posted an emotional plea to Facebook to let him see the "Look Back" video for his son, Jesse Berlin, who died two years earlier at the age of 22. Two days later, it currently has nearly 2 million views on YouTube.

    "I'm still in shock, to be honest," Berlin, 46, of St. Louis, Missouri, told NBC News. "I'm just an average guy working a 40 hour week, trying to make a living. To get that kind of response ... honestly, I'm still trying to deal with it."

    The one-minute "Look Back" videos have been a hit for Facebook. Commemorating the social network's 10-year anniversary, each montage highlights the user's most popular updates and photos, set to a dramatic soundtrack.

    "Jesse was a funny guy. He loved God and he loved having a good time," Berlin said. "It was hard for me to find pictures of him that were serious, because he was being a goofball in every one."

    Berlin, a former construction worker-turned-personal trainer, decided that he wanted Facebook to give the Look Back treatment to his son's profile.

    "I started watching the videos from Jesse's friends, just so I could get a glimpse of Jesse," he said. "It made me really want to see his."

    One problem: He didn't have Jesse's Facebook log-in information or access to his email. So he propped up his iPhone, recorded a message, posted it YouTube and asked his friends to share it.

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    Re: Father 'In Shock' Over Response to Facebook Plea

    One of the good aspects of social media.
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    Re: Father 'In Shock' Over Response to Facebook Plea

    Well, that made my day.
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    Re: Father 'In Shock' Over Response to Facebook Plea

    hope they didn't give his parents his password.
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    Re: Father 'In Shock' Over Response to Facebook Plea

    Hard to follow trolling like the above to a story like this.
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    Re: Father 'In Shock' Over Response to Facebook Plea

    Quote Originally Posted by AliHajiSheik View Post
    Hard to follow trolling like the above to a story like this.
    Trolling?

    Facebook keeps record of private messages and correspondence, and that should remain private, I personally would not want Facebook or any other service I use to divulge my private information to my family without my consent if I am deceased.

    Moreover his profile is set to public so all his images can be viewed by anybody so I don't understand their request to get his password.
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    Re: Father 'In Shock' Over Response to Facebook Plea

    Quote Originally Posted by L0neW0lf View Post
    hope they didn't give his parents his password.
    I don't know. Unless he was married (doubtful from what I can tell) I would consider it the same as an inheritance and as such, as the next of kin, they should have full rights to it. So long as the parents can prove he's deceased of course.
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    Re: Father 'In Shock' Over Response to Facebook Plea

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    I don't know. Unless he was married (doubtful from what I can tell) I would consider it the same as an inheritance and as such, as the next of kin, they should have full rights to it. So long as the parents can prove he's deceased of course.
    Except you don't actually own your Facebook account.
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    Re: Father 'In Shock' Over Response to Facebook Plea

    Quote Originally Posted by L0neW0lf View Post
    Except you don'y actually own your Facebook account.
    Inheritance is about more than just physical ownership of material things. Ideas and thoughts can be inherited also. And facebook is all about ideas and thoughts.
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    Re: Father 'In Shock' Over Response to Facebook Plea

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    Inheritance is about more than just physical ownership of material things. Ideas and thoughts can be inherited also. And facebook is all about ideas and thoughts.
    Facebook has clear policy about who can use and who can access their services as well as what rights the account holder has, when it comes to deceased users the direct family can choose to terminate the account or memorialize it.

    https://www.facebook.com/help/150486848354038

    I support that fully, maybe they should offer options about sharing your private information with direct relatives after you die in your privacy settings. But the system works fine as it is tbh.
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