Facebook becoming a digital graveyard - and gift to the future

For the first time, humans have the power to leave behind far more personalised histories than any generation before them. Questions remain over millions of 'ghost accounts'.

Some 30,000 years ago, before writing was invented, there was one way for people to leave a record behind for future generations.

They would place their hand on cave walls and blow pigments over it, leaving behind a handprint. It was a successful strategy: Many of these haunting marks survive today.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 10, 2019, with the headline 'Facebook becoming a digital graveyard - and gift to the future'. Print Edition | Subscribe