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Facebook may have briefly declared you dead today

A glitch on Facebook that lasted for a few minutes today put banners on profiles declaring their users to be dead. The glitch has since been fixed.

Published onNovember 11, 2016

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If you went to a friend’s Facebook profile, or even your own, sometime earlier today, you may have been surprised that the social network had declared your friend, or yourself, as being dead. Memorial banners were briefly online on many users pages today, but this appears to just be a server glitch.

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All of the banners had the same kind of message, saying, “We hope people who love (name) will find comfort in the things others share to remember and celebrate (his/her) life.” As Business Insider shows, even Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg’s official profile page was not immune to this rather spooky server bug.

The glitch started appearing just after 3 p.m Eastern time today, but by 4 p.m. it had apparently been resolved. So if you saw a friend’s page turn into a memorial for his or her life, the chances are he or she is still very much alive. Facebook has not yet revealed what caused this server bug, but we would certainly hope they will take measures to not have this happen en masse again.

Did you encounter this “Remembering” bug on your Facebook profile? If so, what was your first immediate reaction? Let us know in the comments!

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