Facebook Declares Mark Zuckerberg & Many Others Dead, Then Apologises For Glitch

Last night, Facebook declared everyone dead, including the company's CEO Mark Zuckerberg, in a massive memorial 'remembering' profile glitch.

Well, that's awkward.

Despite being very much alive, Facebook users, when logged on to their accounts on Friday afternoon, found their accounts turned to a "memorialized account," strongly suggesting that they are dead to everyone who visits their profile.

A statement on Mark Zuckerberg's profile read:

"We hope people who love Mark will find comfort in the things others share to remember and celebrate his life."

When the message appeared, thousands of users shaken by the incident complained on Twitter about their premature digital deaths, offering their proof-of-life so that their concerned relatives could calm themselves down.

This weird glitch was first spotted by Business Insider when several of its employees saw the message at the top of their Facebook profiles on Friday.

When reached out to Facebook for an explanation, a Facebook spokesperson has provided the following statement:

"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."

It now appears everyone on Facebook is back to life and things have calmed down.

#FacebookDead trends

Comments tagged #FacebookDead or #FacebookRapture went viral at Twitter, with people joking that the scenario marked a fitting end to tumultuous week.

I thought maybe I was the protagonist in a YA novel for a while there. 

We are all living an episode of Black Mirror. First we elect the first , now Facebook is telling us we're dead. 

"I think this is Facebook's way of flagging the people who died inside on Tuesday," read a tweet from @billkalpak.

A darkly humorous post on Twitter by @JnPhillip was in the form of a note reading "Dear Facebook, Donald Trump does not get inaugurated until January 20th. Nuclear annihilation occurs Jan. 21st."

"Naturally, Facebook waited until 2016 to kill us all," tweeted @kriheli.

Some quipped that the mistake shook confidence in Facebook's feature for checking on people after disasters, or its claim that hoax stories are not a worry at the social network.

Facebook introduced the memorial feature in 2015 after a number of high-profile cases where families wanted to access their loved ones' social accounts.

The users can opt to have their account completely delete after their  death or turn into a memorial page so that their Facebook friends and families can leave messages and share memories on their profile.

So, Are you alive right now? Let us know in the comments below.


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