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Facebook killed some people Friday

9 months 1 week 1 day ago Friday, November 11 2016 Nov 11, 2016 November 11, 2016 3:21 PM November 11, 2016 in News
Source: WBRZ

MENLO PARK, California - Facebook profiles for many people appeared to show them as deceased Friday.

From chatter both on the social media site and Twitter it appears the badges on pages showed up around 3 p.m. The note, which alerted users that the person connected to the profile was being memorialized after death, was removed within a couple of minutes from pages of people who were alive and well.

Users in Baton Rouge noticed their profiles were marked as memorialized accounts and others found Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was also listed in memoriam.

"Please note that I'm #NotDeadYet," Pete Corson from Atlanta wrote on Twitter with a post that included a picture of his Facebook account insinuating he had died.

Baton Rouge Facebook users joked about being listed as having died.

"Too good to be true," one person joked on a thread of a friend who had been "memorialized" by Facebook. "I'm glad we had a good time last weekend," another person posted on threads dealing with the issue.

"Well that's just awkward...lol," someone continued.

One person argued Facebook should have been more careful, posting on Twitter it was bad timing for a problem.

"Maybe labeling everybody's page as a memorial is kind of a bad idea during a rash of nationwide riots and hate crimes," Twitter user @2_bells wrote.

"“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," a Facebook spokesperson told WBRZ. 

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