Danish Terrorist Used New Facebook Legacy Tool To Prepare For Death

Feb 17, 2015 at 11:26 AM ET

Omar el-Hussein, who carried out the two deadly attacks last weekend in Copenhagen, Denmark, had prepared his Facebook profile for his upcoming death. He did this by using a new Facebook feature that allows users to turn their personal page into a memorial page.

The 22-year-old’s account, which has now been removed from the site, showed el-Hussein’s jihadi name—Abu Ramadan al-Muhajir—and included the “remembering” epithet above his name on the cover photo. This “remembering” option became available just two days before the terror attack. The new feature allows users to choose a legacy contact who can manage certain aspects of their page after their death and make their personal profile into a digital memorial.

Attempts to turn jihadis’ pages into shrines to martyrdom are likely to be short-lived because of the speed with which Facebook and other social platforms delete terrorist-related accounts. However, legacy contacts will be allowed to download the contents of the pages for posterity.