When you logged on to your profile yesterday, there might have been a good chance that Facebook had a memorial banner sitting on top of it, urging your friends and family members to remember you.
The message displayed as, "We hope people who love 'your name' will find comfort in the things others share to remember and celebrate his/her life." Many Facebook users were greeted with this message when visiting the profiles of friends and family, while some found their own accounts memorialised.
Whether the mishap was a botched test promotion of the feature or rather a software glitch, who knows what Facebook is conjuring behind the scenes.
Who's the Culprit?
It has been identified that a bug accidentally killed several Facebook users who are still alive with messages being posted on their accounts meant for memorialised profiles.
Well, it has been a weird event, as the bug even delivered the sad news to the founder himself, with a message on his profile: "Remembering Mark Zuckerberg".
Reports from different media sources further indicate that around two million errant memorials were posted on profile pages.
Links to Forms
Surprisingly, the mistaken memorial notices also contained links to forms that could be submitted to have people's accounts at the leading social network modified into online memorials after they die.
Is it Fixed?
The problem seems to have been resolved by now, and Mark Zuckerberg as well as the other people are not dead on Facebook any more. However, the social network yesterday apologized saying that it was a terrible error and that it worked as quickly as possible to correct the problem.
This report comes soon after Facebook faced criticism over how it played a big role in spreading fake news and eventually influencing the U.S. elections. However, declaring people dead on their platform might be the move that Facebook will almost certainly regret.