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Facebook Accidentally Tells Users They Have Died

Several Facebook users received a message on their pages that memorialized their deaths on Nov. 11.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was among those who got eulogized, notes Gizmodo.

The top of his Facebook page read: "Remembering Mark Zuckerberg. We hope people who love Mark will find comfort in the things that others share to remember and celebrate his life."

Several users joked on Twitter about being "dead" on Facebook:

So apparently this is a [Facebook] glitch but i think it describes how we all feel inside [right now].

Shoutout to Facebook for telling me I'm dead!!!!!

I thought Trump really won the Presidency, but it turns out I'm just dead. Thanks for the info, [Facebook].

Someone told Facebook I'm dead. Now my personal page is an 'in memory' page. You used to need proof for this.

And Mashable highlighted more entertaining tweets:

Lmaooo i unfriended so many people this week and then [Facebook] literally kills everyone i still love.

Maybe it's not a bug and this explains what happened this week and we're in hell.

If i'm a regular dude at work casually checking my facebook feed and somehow see that a friend of mine is dead, im freaking out right now.

A Facebook representative explained what happened in a statement, Gizmodo reports: "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."

The Facebook glitch included a link to its "Memorialization Request" page.

"After someone has passed away, we’ll memorialize their account if a family member or friend submits a request," the Memorialization Request states. It continues:

Keep in mind that memorialization is a big decision. If you're not a family member or close friend of the person who passed away, we recommend reaching out to the person's family before requesting memorialization.

Memorializing an account will do things like keep the account secure by preventing anyone from logging into it. The only person who can manage a memorialized account is a legacy contact who must be selected by the account holder.

Sources: Mashable, Gizmodo, Facebook / Photo Credit: JD Lasica/Flickr

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