If you logged onto Facebook today, you might have seen dead people. Not like in a Haley Joel Osment way, but because multiple accounts were displaying messages that said users had died, even even though they hadn’t.
A remembrance banner at the top of different profiles appeared on Friday afternoon, and not even CEO Mark Zuckerberg was spared from the onslaught. The phony Zuckerberg memorial read: "We hope people who love Mark will find comfort in the things others share to remember and celebrate his life." Oh, how Dear Leader had fallen!
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In fact, Facebook sent Gizmodo a statement about mistaking its living users for deceased ones. And the company is sorry for the strain and inconvenience it has caused by prematurely killing off its customers:
"For a brief period today, a message meant for memorialized profiles was mistakenly posted to other accounts. This was a terrible error that we have now fixed. We are very sorry that this happened and we worked as quickly as possible to fix it," the statement said.
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