“The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” – Mark Twain
Everyone knows that Facebook is a great place for people to search for other people and find friends and family; but today, the world’s largest social network became the world’s largest online memorial site, when Facebook mistakenly posted memorial messages at the top of people’s profiles.
A morbid Facebook mistake displayed a personalized memorial message at the top of millions of people’s profile pages, telling them, friends, family, coworkers and the world that they were dead. Unfortunately, these false, funereal messages that appeared on Facebook profiles caused widespread panic in people.
Imagine the shock and horror that you would feel if you found out that a friend or family member’s Facebook profile showed them as being deceased. Now, further imagine how surreal it would be if you went to your own Facebook profile and found that Facebook had mistakenly flagged you as being dead.
Who knows, maybe you are one of the millions of people who actually found one of these memorial messages when you logged into Facebook today.
Even Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wasn’t immune to the social media site’s grim message; his profile was also marked with the deceased memorial message.
The message that appeared at the top of Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook profile read: “Remembering Mark Zuckerberg… We hope people who love Mark will find comfort in the things others share to remember and celebrate his life.”
Similar memorial messages appeared on the profile pages of millions of other people who use Facebook too. Reportedly, any person with a Facebook profile was marked as dead by Facebook.
Thankfully, by about 5:00 PM, Facebook had miraculously managed to fix their virtual dead people problem and brought everyone back into the world of the living.
Facebook has apologized for their “terrible,” not to mention fatal, error. Fittingly, Facebook’s stock was down 1.47% today, after they mistakenly killed off millions of people, including their own stockholders.
Thanks to the global reach of the Facebook social network, millions of people around the world now know what it feels like to have reports of their deaths broadcast to the public; just like Mark Twain did so many decades ago.