On Friday, November 11, Facebook accidentally declared it’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg and 2 million others dead due to an unusual error.
“For a brief period today, a message meant for memorialized profiles was mistakenly posted to other accounts,” a Facebook spokesperson told AFP.
“This was a terrible error that we have now fixed.”
The message, intended for “memorialised profiles”, erroneously appeared on the profile pages of a large number of users, giving the impression that they are dead.
Facebook says CEO Mark Zuckerberg is dead (he's not) pic.twitter.com/yqPwUcVCRp
— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) November 11, 2016
Facebook has however apologised for the mistake.
The mistaken memorial notices, according the Indian Express, contained links to forms that can be submitted to have people’s accounts at the leading social network modified into online memorials after they die.
Media reports have indicated that close to two million errant memorials were posted on profile pages, causing confusion, tears and shock, but problem seems to have been resolved by now.