Since the early part of 2004, Facebook is where dedicated users have gone to live their everyday lives with friends, relatives and acquaintances. As of November 11, 2016, it is apparently where many of its users went to die. That’s right! Many Facebook users were listed as deceased when a glitch hit the company’s software program and produced memorial information, indicating a particular user had died.
The glitch was created from Facebook’s “memorialized profiles” feature were friends and family are given the opportunity to express condolences and provide personal eulogies that will appear on the decease’s Facebook homepage. The feature was first introduced in 2009, quickly becoming a very popular forum for honoring the dearly departed.
Just in case anyone is wondering about the randomness of this error, Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s own Facebook page had the following banner: “Remembering Mark Zuckerberg – We hope people who love Mark will find comfort in the things other share to remember and celebrate his life.”
The error was caught within a reasonably short period of time, but not before social media was able to take advantage of the error to poke a little fun at Facebook and the banner recipients.
For its part, Facebook representatives called it “a terrible error that [they] have now fixed.” They also offered the following apology: “We are very sorry that this happened and […] worked as quickly as possible to fix it.”
As of this writing, there were no major issues or incidences reported related to mislead family members or friends selling off its “nearly” departed friends assets and personal belongings. With that said, this kind of error had the potential for causing some major heartbreak before the facts were known. It’s an error that shouldn’t have occurred, but kudos go to the Facebook crew for fixing the problem promptly.