Facebook Tells Users They're Dead Due to Reported Bug
Nov 13 2016
Facebook Inc said a glitch that changed profiles of several users, including that of Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, to memorial pages had been resolved.
Media reports indicated around two million erroneous memorials were posted on profile pages.
In 2015, the social networking site introduced the option to memorialise a profile, which allows a trusted friend or family member to take control of a user's profile after they die.
When Zuckerberg was asked about Facebook's role in the election, he said "We have a lot of work to do".
The mistake comes just days after Facebook was accused of helping influence the result of the U.S. election by allowing fake new stories to be shared on the social network.
"I do think there is a certain profound lack of empathy in asserting that the only reason someone could have voted the way they did is because they saw some fake news". This was due to an incredible fuck-up by the social network where it accidentally added a memorial banner to a huge chunk of its users. Memorialized accounts are those accounts which are there for the near and dear ones of a deceased person.
It's unclear how many people were affected by the unusual Facebook bug.
Facebook users were in a frenzy after seeing a few of these odd memorials being put up on their friends' profile pages in the early hours of Saturday (12 November).
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The mistake shocked many for a few seconds including Washington Post's journalist Emily Guskin who joked about it and said, "Yesterday I was on Facebook Live!".
In related news, Facebook on Friday announced it has bought start-up CrowdTangle, which specializes in tracking hot content on social networks for media agencies.