Appear to be "dead" on Facebook? You're not alone

UPDATED: Not everyone is affected by the apparent bug, which "memorializes" profiles in the event of a Facebook user's death.
Written by Zack Whittaker, Contributor

Are you dead? Good news! You're not alone. Facebook just "killed" a bunch of its users, and nobody's quite sure why.

The social networking giant inadvertently began switching over some profiles to "memorial" mode, which is only supposed to happen to memorialize a person's profile in the event of their death.

Word of the apparent issue began towards the close of business on Friday. Steve Kovach at Business Insider tweeted a photo of the apparent bug.

"Facebook killed everyone," he said. (We confirmed that he's absolutely fine.)


And it appears that others have suffered the same issue.


And even Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook chief executive, wasn't immune from the bug.


Well, you get the idea.

A Facebook spokesperson said the issue was because of a "terrible error."

"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," the spokesperson said. "We are very sorry that this happened and we worked as quickly as possible to fix it."

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