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Why is Facebook saying I’m dead?

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to attend your own funeral? On Friday, Facebook gave me that option by telling me that I was dead. Things got weirder when it also told me that most other people I knew were dead.

Is it still your own funeral if everyone else is dead?

"We hope people who love Katie will find comfort in the things others share to remember and celebrate her life," Facebook told me in a very nice way Friday afternoon.

The social network even posted the message next to an illustrated flower.

At first, I thought I had been hacked. Then I asked a few of my colleagues. Also dead.

"Am I dead, too?" someone shouted.

But it wasn't just confined to The Times. Other people had seen the notification on their pages, causing a ripple on social media and eliciting more than a few "aren't we all a little bit dead after election week" jokes.

"My buddie's page is marked as deceased," Chris Dailey, one of my Twitter followers who lives in Orlando, Florida, wrote me. "Funny, he's sitting right next to me and looks good for a dead guy!"

Someone even captured a screenshot of a memorial page for Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's founder and chief executive.

Minutes after whipping the internet into a frenzy, it seemed that Facebook removed the feature. This being social media, people were disappointed not to be included in the fun. As a user named Evan Romano wrote on Twitter, "Facebook says everyone is dead except for me, not fair."

Facebook has not yet responded to a request for comment.

New York Times

Source : thespec

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