In a shocking case, Facebook declared many of its users including Mark Zuckerberg dead on Friday and later after fixing the problem accepted that it had made a ‘terrible error’.
“For a brief period today, a message meant for memorialized profiles was mistakenly posted to other accounts,” a Facebook spokesperson said. According to media reports some two million memorials were wrongly posted on peoples timelines declaring them deceased. Even Facebook’s founder and chief executive was memorialized with a message that was posted on his wall declaring him dead expressing hope that people who loved him would take comfort in posts people shared in tribute to his life.
The error created a mass hysteria, in the virtual world with people mourning the CEO of Facebook with their tweets.
"Poor Mark," read an @JudiD23 tweet that included weeping face emojis. "Couldn't happen to a nicer guy."
The social networking site accepted and apologized that it had indeed made a huge mistake and corrected it as soon as possible. “Damn. I should have used Facebook Live to show how I was Facebook Dead,” Search Engine Land editor Danny Sullivan said in a message fired off at Twitter. Facebook Live is a feature that lets people broadcast live videos on the social networking site.
The mistaken memorial notices contained links to forms that can be submitted to have people’s accounts at the leading social network modified into online memorials after they die. Part of the process is showing proof of death. Some wondered it this was a botched test promotion instead of a software error. People took it lightly and joke were circulated on various social metworks. Comments tagged #FacebookDead or #FacebookRapture went viral at Twitter, with people joking that the scenario marked a fitting end to tumultuous week.
“I think this is Facebook’s way of flagging the people who died inside on Tuesday,” read a tweet from @billkalpak. A darkly humorous post on Twitter by @JnPhillip was in the form of a note reading “Dear Facebook, Donald Trump does not get inaugurated until January 20th. Nuclear annihilation occurs Jan. 21st. “Naturally, Facebook waited until 2016 to kill us all,” tweeted @kriheli.
This incident shook people’s faith in the ‘Mark Safe After A Disaster.’ feature or the fact that hoax stories are not a topic of worry on social network. The not-dead CEO Mark Zuckerberg defended the integrity of News Feed stories duing an on-stage chat at a Techonomy conference in California the night before being memorialized on his profile page.
Zuckerberg rejected the idea that bogus stories shared at the social network paved a path of victory for President-elect Trump. “The idea that fake news on Facebook, which is a very small amount of the content, influenced the election in any way I think is a pretty crazy idea,” Zuckerberg said during an on-stage chat at the conference. Which makes sense as the internet consists of a lot of stuff Facebook being a very minute part of it.
The News Feed at Facebook has evolved from early days of being about sharing personal tidbits with friends or family to becoming a platform for important news