Taslima Nasreen ‘resurrected’ by Facebook after it ‘memorialised’ her account

Here's what happened after the company, now known as Meta, ‘killed’ the author on her account on the social media site.
Taslima Nasreen (File Photo/HT)
Taslima Nasreen (File Photo/HT)
Published on Jan 19, 2022 04:15 PM IST
Copy Link
By, New Delhi

Controversial Bangladesh-born author Taslima Nasreen tweeted to inform she has been ‘resurrected’ on Meta Platforms, formerly known as Facebook, after her account on the social media site was ‘memorialised’ by the Menlo Park, California-headquartered company.

“Resurrected on facebook,” Nasreen tweeted on January 18, ending the post with a winking smiley.


On Tuesday, she tweeted that Facebook has ‘killed’ her. “I am alive. Not even sick or bedridden or hospitalized, but facebook memorialized my facebook account.”


In a subsequent tweet, she posted the screenshot of her ‘memorialised’ Meta account. “@Meta, @fb security @facebookapp @MetaNewsroom @Facebook I am very much alive. But you memorialized my facebook account. What a sad news! How could you do that? Please give me back my account,” the author, who has been living in exile since 1994, requested. 


The writer, who left her home nation due to troubles over her controversial novel ‘Lajja,’ also claimed that ‘Jihadists are celebrating my death, eating and distributing sweets, as facebook declared I am dead and memorialized my fb account.’

However, there is no information yet on how her handle was compromised.

What is a ‘memorialised’ profile on Facebook?

As per the company's policy, Meta memorialises a handle by default upon being informed of the passing away of the owner of an account on its platform. Such a profile allows friends and family members of the deceased to post messages and memories on his/her timeline. The phrase ‘Remembering’ appears next to the person's name in their profile, as in the case of Taslima Nasreen.

Meta does not allow anyone to log into memorialised handles. However, if an account holder appoints a ‘legacy contact,’ such a person can handle the account after it has been memorialised.



Close Story

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • Two car-shipping carriers berthed at Sri Lanka's Chinese-built Hambantota Port.

    Was cash strapped Sri Lanka duped by China in Hambantota Port?

    The Hambantota Port is located in southern Sri Lanka close to the east-west sea route. Its construction began in 2008 which was funded through Chinese loans of about US$ 1.3 billion. The construction was carried out by a joint venture of China Harbor Engineering Company and the Sino Hydro Corporation. By 2016, the Hambantota Port under the ownership of Sri Lanka Ports Authority had incurred losses of about SLR 46.7 billion.

  • Images showed the ship's three-tube torpedo launcher and gun mount.

    US WWII destroyer found off Philippines

    A US navy destroyer sunk during World War II has been found nearly 7,000 metres (23,000 feet) below sea level off the Philippines, making it the world's deepest shipwreck ever located, an American exploration team said. A crewed submersible filmed, photographed and surveyed the battered hull of the "Sammy B" during a series of dives over eight days this month, Texas-based undersea technology company Caladan Oceanic said.

  • Taliban's urgent appeal to West after deadly earthquake ravages Afghanistan

    Taliban's urgent appeal to West after deadly earthquake ravages Afghanistan

    Afghanistan's Taliban administration on Saturday called on international governments to roll back sanctions and lift a freeze on central bank assets following the earthquake that killed more than 1,000 people and left thousands homeless. The 6.1-magnitude quake that struck the east of the country early on Wednesday destroyed or damaged 10,000 homes and injured about 2,000 people, straining the country's fragile health system and posing a major test for the ruling Taliban.

  • Demonstrators hold a banner reading put down the weapons raise up the salaries, during a transportation strike called by the COBAS union, in downtown Rome.

    Fresh transport strikes hit UK, mainland Europe

    Britain's railway system once again came to a virtual standstill on Saturday and flights in Europe were disrupted as strikes in the travel sector hit the continent. Tens of thousands of rail workers in the UK staged the latest day-long walkout over pay and job security, hampering weekend plans for those already hit by similar strikes on Tuesday and Thursday.

  • More than 3,200 confirmed cases and one death have now been reported to the WHO from more than 50 countries this year.

    WHO says monkeypox not currently a global health emergency

    The World Health Organization's chief said Saturday that the monkeypox outbreak was a deeply concerning evolving threat but did not currently constitute a global health emergency. WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus convened a committee of experts on Thursday to advise him whether to sound the UN health agency's strongest alarm over the outbreak. More than 3,200 confirmed cases and one death have now been reported to the WHO from more than 50 countries this year.

Story Saved
Saved Articles
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Sunday, June 26, 2022