Mark Zuckerberg is dead, said Facebook for a while
He was memorialised 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
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 memorialised profiles was mistakenly posted to other accounts," a Facebook spokesperson said.
"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 memorialised 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.
The social network apologised and said it worked as quickly as possible to correct the problem.
Facebook does allow users to memorialise the accounts of deceased family members or friends by submitting a request. Typically, they must identify the account of the person who has died, the date they passed away and show proof of death, such as a link to an obituary or death certificate. “
If a request is accepted, the word “remembering” is shown next to the person’s name and the profile no longer appears in public spaces such as suggestions for People You May Know, or for birthday reminders.