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November 12, 2016

A Facebook bug killed off people before they were dead

by John_A

Well, this is awkward. Facebook incorrectly flagged some people’s profile pages with a message saying that the person was deceased. And it looks like the glitch was pretty widespread: even founder Mark Zuckerberg had apparently ceased to be. A banner at the top of his profile page read, “We hope people who love Mark will find comfort in the thing others share to remember and celebrate his life.” A number of Engadget staffers had passed on as well; we weren’t just pining.

But it seemed to be on whoever was viewing the page, and not individual accounts — a few of us didn’t see any issues when scrolling through the social network’s pages. We’ve reached out to Facebook for more information and will update this post should it arrive.

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