Facebook accidentally told some users that they died

SAN FRANCISCO (WFLA) – An apparent glitch on the social network appeared to turn regular Facebook pages into memorials.

A Facebook representative told NBC News that, “for a brief period today, a message meant for memorialized profiles was mistakenly posted to other accounts.”

While not every user was affected by the glitch, an undisclosed number of users were labeled as “deceased.”  Even Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, appeared to have been affected.

Users reported that ‘Memorialized‘ banners appeared at the top accounts and pages of individuals that read,  “We hope people who love Mark will find comfort in the things others share to remember and celebrate his life.”

Facebook allows loved ones to “Memorialize” the account of friends and family who had passed away, by keeping their page on the social site so individuals can pay tribute to their life.

“This was a terrible error that we have now fixed,” the Facebook representative told NBC News. “We are very sorry that this happened and we worked as quickly as possible to fix it.”


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