It’s possible that Facebook will be telling your friends and family that you’re dead today. Apparently, a bug has hit a number of Facebook accounts that is telling people on the social media platform that their friends and family might be dead.
As an example, here’s what Danny Sullivan found when he searched for his own name:
In the image, you will see that, at the top, it says “Remembering Danny Sullivan.” This message is meant only for memorialized accounts. These are accounts that have been preserved on Facebook after a family member or friend puts in a request that’s been approved.
According to Facebook, Danny is apparently dead. Reports from Twitter say that it thinks others are dead as well. Here’s some examples:
My friend is having the worst day.
She just found out from Facebook that she’s…well… dead….
(FYI: she’s not dead) pic.twitter.com/Hz3oGobTSB
— Karen B (@karenb0716) November 11, 2016
— Lisa Barone (@LisaBarone) November 11, 2016
Not only does it seems that these message appear for the account holders, but for the people who go to their pages. In this case, there might be dang good chances that people have been fooled into thinking that people have died when they really haven’t. This even includes Mark Zuckerberg himself.
Zuck dead pic.twitter.com/J8y5LbfQBz
— Steve Kovach (@stevekovach) November 11, 2016
The bug doesn’t appear to be passing such an alarming message through Facebook’s news feed.
This bug doesn’t appear to have been long-lived. Soon, Danny became a living person once again, at least, according to Facebook.
Facebook had this to say:
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.