Facebook Bug Temporarily Kills Users Placing Memorials At The Top Of Their Profile

Mark Zuckerberg

The grim reaper made a surprise visit to Facebook heading into the weekend and collected a bunch of souls, including that of Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO of the world's largest social network turned graveyard due to a glitch. Many users logged into Facebook only to find that the site was reporting them as deceased, turning their once lively profile into an online memorial.

Creepy, right? Rest assured, Zuckerberg and many others are still alive and kicking despite their bugged out profiles suggesting the contrary.
"Remembering Mark Zuckerberg," the whiz kid's profile displayed next to an icon of a flower. "We hope people who love Mark will find comfort in the things others share to remember and celebrate his life."

Links to learn more about memorized accounts and using the legacy setting on Facebook accompanied the message, as is the case on all memorialized profiles. The only problem is that Facebook incorrectly identified Zuckerberg as being deceased, along with many others, several of which posted their out of body experiences on Twitter.
The glitch highlights a relatively new feature of Facebook that lets users designate a friend or family member to manage their account once they pass away. Once Facebook is made aware of a person's death, it memorializes their account and gives admin control of the page to the legacy contact. That person is then able to pin posts on the deceased's Timeline, as well as respond to new friend requests and make updates.

Facebook has since restored the accounts affected by the bug. Chalk this one up as a grave error (see what we did there?).

Via:  Today
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