BITTER SWEET: Facebook Answers Dad’s Plea to See Dead Son’s Video

Published on February 9, 2014

By Liz Fields, ABC News

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A grieving Missouri dad has thanked Facebook from the bottom of his heart for answering his desperate plea to see his dead son’s “look back” video.

John Berlin reached out to the social media network recently begging to see the 60-second automated clip for his son, Jesse, who died in 2012 at just 21.

The family were unable to access Jesse’s Facebook account and so Berlin took to YouTube to ask the network to let him see his son’s personalized video featuring special moments including his most liked and shared photos and posts.

The look back videos were introduced as part of Facebook’s 10th birthday celebrations recently, providing each of the site’s more than 1 billion users a collage of their life on the social media network.

Berlin’s YouTube appeal posted Wednesday soon went viral, with more than 700,000 people watching the video in its first 24 hours online, and it wasn’t long before it caught the attention of Facebook.

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