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Facebook Bug Tells Users They Are Dead

On Friday afternoon, many Facebook users logged into their accounts to see that the social media site declared them to be dead. Fortune’s Jeff John Roberts reports that the bug has impacted their editor Rachel King: The lethal online epidemic is causing Facebook to display a small memorial message above users’ regular homepage profile. In the case of my editor, Rachel King, Fortune tech writers who visited her page discovered a “Remembering Rachel King” message, and a wish to remember to remember and celebrate her life. I can assure you that Rachel is very much alive (and reminding me about the Oxford comma). But if you’re wondering what it looks like, here’s a screenshot. I’m still alive (for now) but it appears the bug is spreading quickly to others in the media, and has reportedly even affected the pages of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. While Friday’s wave of Facebook fatalities was clearly a bug or a hoax of some sort, the social network does offer a function that allows people to turn the profile pages of loved ones into a “Memorial.” The company has since fixed the bug and offered an apology: “For a brief period today, a message meant for memorialized profiles was briefly posted to other accounts. This was a terrible error that we now have fixed. We are very sorry that this happened and we worked as quickly as possible to fix it.”

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