Talk about a grave social media mistake. Facebook users got a bizarre surprise on Veterans Day when the social network started displaying a memorial message on top of their profiles and other social media accounts.
Even Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg [pictured above] didn’t escape the online grim reaper.
“Remembering Mark Zuckerberg. We hope people who love Mark will find comfort in the things others share to remember and celebrate his life,” the message read.
Users took to Twitter and Facebook to declare that they were alive, dead or just to poke fun at the social media giant’s error.
“Not naming names but I have a few friends that will probably believe it when Facebook declares them dead,” tweeted Andy Swan, co-founder of LikeFolio.
This isn’t the first time Facebook users have received an error that made them question their life expectancy. In December 2015, a Facebook error prompted some users to view a post from the company congratulating them for 46 years of friendship. Of course, that length of camaraderie with the social media firm is impossible — Facebook wasn’t born until 2004.
On Friday, Facebook quickly tried to put any morbid confusion to rest. The tech firm didn’t say how many of its 1.8 billion users received a memorial message but apologized for the error.
“For a brief period today, a message meant for memorialized profiles was mistakenly posted to other accounts,” a Facebook spokesman said. “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.”
And in the end, most Facebook users lived to see another day.