Dad Pleads with Facebook to See His Deceased Son’s Look Back
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An impassioned father has posted a video in the hopes of it reaching Mark Zuckerberg or anyone else at Facebook. His request? He wants to be able to see his deceased son’s “Look Back” video.
John Berlin’s son, Jesse Berlin, sadly passed away on Jan. 28, 2012. A little more than two years later, John sent out this heartfelt plea to the folks at Facebook to be allowed to access his son’s Facebook account. You see, he’d like nothing more than to be able to see Jesse’s “Look Back” video.
Recently, to celebrate Facebook’s 10th birthday, the social networking site has granted users a gift in the form of a “Look Back” video, which is a minute-long presentation that chronicles the user’s very first moments on the site, their most “liked” content and photos that they’ve shared, all the way up to the present.
It is John Berlin’s hope that his family can see Jesse’s life through this short video. In a phone interview with CNN, Berlin said, “I just wanted a piece of him. These (Facebook) videos really touched me. And every time Jesse would pop up (in one of them), I was choking back tears. I just wanted so desperately to see how his video would turn out.”
To that end, he’s sent out the request you see above. Luckily, it caught all kinds of attention. Facebook is now working to get John Berlin access to Jesse’s “Look Back” video, and the whole situation has prompted the company to change their privacy policies with regard to families who have lost loved ones and would like access to their accounts.
A spokesperson from Facebook spoke to CNN and said, “This experience reinforced to us that there’s more Facebook can do to help people celebrate and commemorate the lives of people they have lost. We’ll have more to share in the coming weeks and months.”