Zucker­berg, Face­book users de­clared ‘dead’

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Face­book ac­ci­den­tally de­clared its founder Mark Zucker­berg and many other users dead on Fri­day, ac­knowl­edg­ing af­ter fix­ing the prob­lem that it had com­mit­ted a “ter­ri­ble 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.” Me­dia re­ports in­di­cated that some two mil­lion er­rant memo­ri­als were posted on pro­file pages.

Even Face­book co-founder and chief ex­ec­u­tive Zucker­berg was memo­ri­al­ized in a mes­sage at his pro­file page ex­press­ing hope that peo­ple who loved him would take com­fort in posts peo­ple shared in trib­ute to his life. “Poor Mark,” read an @JudiD23 tweet that in­cluded weep­ing face emo­jis. “Couldn’t hap­pen to a nicer guy.” The so­cial net­work apol­o­gized and said it worked as quickly as pos­si­ble to cor­rect the prob­lem. “Damn. I should have used Face­book Live to show how I was Face­book Dead,” Search En­gine Land

editor Danny Sul­li­van said in a mes­sage fired off at Twit­ter. Face­book Live fea­ture lets peo­ple broad­cast video in real-time at the lead­ing so­cial net­work. The mis­taken me­mo­rial no­tices 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. Part of the process is show­ing proof of death. Some won­dered whether the mishap was a botched test pro­mo­tion of the fea­ture, rather than a soft­ware glitch.

Com­ments tagged #Face­bookDead or #Face­bookRap­ture went vi­ral at Twit­ter, with peo­ple jok­ing that the sce­nario marked a fit­ting end to tu­mul­tuous week. “I think this is Face­book’s way of flag­ging the peo­ple who died inside on Tues­day,” read a tweet from @bil­l­ka­lpak. A darkly hu­mor­ous post on Twit­ter by @JnPhillip was in the form of a note read­ing “Dear Face­book, Don­ald Trump does not get in­au­gu­rated un­til Jan­uary 20th. Nuclear an­ni­hi­la­tion oc­curs Jan 21st.” “Nat­u­rally, Face­book waited un­til 2016 to kill us all,” tweeted @kri­heli. — AFP

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