Facebook bug ‘kills’ who were still alive, users in ‘terrible error’

A ‘terrible error’ made Facebook memorialize client accounts incidentally today.

The bug, large number of users – including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, told friends the person had died, who were still alive, inviting them to ‘find comfort in the things others share to remember and celebrate his life.’

“This was a terrible error that we have now fixed,” a Facebook spokesperson said. “We are very sorry that this happened.”

Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook said it knew about the imperfection, which seemed to last just a couple of minutes.

“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,” Facebook said in a statement.

The message incorporates a connection to Facebook’s request form for memorializing the account of somebody who has passed.

The memorial feature was presented by Facebook in 2015 after various prominent situations where the family needed to get to the social accounts of perished friends and family.