Is your loved one’s Facebook profile still active, even though they’re gone? Does that bother you, but you’re not sure why? Do you not know what to do about it?
Consider participating in this research study of postmortem Facebook account deletion. We ask that you read this information and ask any questions you may have before agreeing to be in the study. The study is being conducted by Katie Gach, a PhD Candidate at the ATLAS Institute, University of Colorado Boulder. Katie may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The purpose of the study is to better understand people’s experiences with postmortem account deletion, and to examine a possible method of improving that experience.
You are eligible to participate if you meet the follow criteria:
If you agree to be in the study, you will participate in 3 separate interactions conducted remotely on a platform of your choice (Zoom, FaceTime, Google Meet, etc.). Together, you and Katie will:
The sessions will be recorded and then transcribed so that Katie can better remember what you have said. Katie will also be taking notes of your perspective, actions, and experiences throughout each part. Every effort will be made to keep your personal information confidential: all written records will be scrubbed of identifiable information like names, locations, or specific dates/events. All data will be kept in password-protected, encrypted files in locked offices. We will not require you to provide us with your full or real name or other personally identifying information.
Taking part in this study is voluntary. You may choose not to take part or may leave the study at any time. Your decision regarding this study will not affect your current or future relations with the University of Colorado Boulder.
If you would prefer for the ritual to take place in person, we can discuss how to do so safely according to CDC precautions.
You will not receive monetary compensation. You may benefit from the technical support Katie can provide as a former employee of Facebook’s Memorialization team. You may benefit from reflecting on the life of your loved one and tying up a loose end of their digital assets.