Facebook says it made a “terrible error” when it started killing users


If you woke up this morning to a message from Facebook politely informing you you had passed away, then this is why.

A technical glitch has meant that Facebook has accidentally told a large number of users that they had died.

Reports on Friday revealed that the profiles of more than two million users had been memorialised – including the profile of its founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Memorialising a profile is a feature that enables loved ones to turn a Facebook profile of a loved one into a page of remembrance but which normally only takes place after some form of proof of death has been submitted.

Speaking to the AFP new agency, a spokesperson for Facebook said: “For a brief period today, a message meant for memorialised profiles was mistakenly posted to other accounts.

“This was a terrible error that we have now fixed.”

The error resulted in users being shown a message that said people who loved them would take comfort in their profile being used in remembrance.

It also contained a link which allowed their profile to be updated to a memorial page.

The mistake comes just days after Facebook was accused of helping influence the result of the US election by allowing fake new stories to be shared on the social network.

However, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg rejected the idea.

“The idea that fake news on Facebook, which is a very small amount of the content, influenced the election in any way I think is a pretty crazy idea.

“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,” Mr Zuckerberg said on Friday.


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