Last Friday, Facebook accidentally killed off millions of users. The social media platform “memorialized” personal accounts round the world with a banner noting the user had passed away and that their page had been turned into a memorial wall. It read: “Remembering Mark. We hope people who love Mark will find comfort in the things others share to remember and celebrate his life.” Co-founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg was even killed off.
Facebook addressed the situation in a statement to Mashable: “For a brief period today, a message meant for the demoralized profiles was mistak
enly 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.”
Well said Facebook, well said.
In another article I read regarding the situation, users said that they didn’t even realize they had been killed off. On the other hand, users who noticed the mistake took to other social media platforms to spread the news. I personally do not know whether or not I was killed off and it will forever remain a mystery. As far as Facebook goes, I feel like their statement regarding the situation was well put and it was an honest mistake.
This is interesting because I wonder how a site as large as Facebook can do something like this to millions of users. I’m sure there was some worry for a lot people seeing someone they know had “died” but in the end, it was a pretty harmless mistake. I’m sure they will rework their program though so nothing like this can happen again.
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