Facebook responds after mourning father’s video appeal goes viral
NEW YORK – A mourning father was allowed to relive his dead son’s biggest moments through Facebook after his plea to the company went viral this week.
John Berlin of St. Louis, Mo., uploaded a video to YouTube, asking Mark Zuckerberg and the Facebook team to give him access to his son’s profile. His son, Jesse Berlin, 22, died in 2012, PIX11 reported.
In a brief video titled “My appeal to Facebook,” John Berlin fights back tears as he asks for a chance to make a personalized “lookback” video for his son.
“You ever do something crazy because you just don’t know what to do anymore?” he asks. “Well that’s what I’m doing right now.”
Berlin’s video went viral on Reddit and elsewhere.
By Wednesday evening, Facebook contacted Berlin and helped make the video a reality. Berlin said Facebook is now looking into helping other families who have lost loved ones.
The 62-second “lookback” video notes the year a member joined Facebook, then shows a handful of their most-liked posts and a seemingly random selection of photos — all set to instrumental music. To see yours, go to Facebook.com/lookback.