Earlier today a large number of Facebook users began pointing out that their profile pages had been turned into memorials. In effect, as far as Facebook’s algorithms were concerned, rending thousands of users dead. RIP to us all, a fitting end to a shitty week.
Facebook what is happening i am not dead. pic.twitter.com/irVc3UvJ8Y
— Kate Nocera (@KateNocera) November 11, 2016
Facebook is telling all my friends we’re dead, which is appropriate because I had a feeling we were all in hell anyway. pic.twitter.com/0WPGi95omv
— Chris Person (@Papapishu) November 11, 2016
Facebook thinking we’re all dead is the only thing that makes sense after Tuesday pic.twitter.com/UZxI2OncR6
— Sam Hockley-Smith (@shockleysmith) November 11, 2016
Even Mark Zuckerberg wasn’t immune from this dour scourge.
Zuck dead pic.twitter.com/J8y5LbfQBz
— Steve Kovach (@stevekovach) November 11, 2016
Facebook explained the glitch in a statement.
“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.”
The massive fuck up comes after a series of massive fuck ups involving Facebook of late, including their role as a mass scale publisher of fake news on an existential level, something Zuckerberg has pointedly denied.
“Voters make decisions based on their lived experience,” Zuckerberg said. “I think there is a certain profound lack of empathy in asserting that the only reason why someone could have voted the way they did is because they saw some fake news.”
In other news, thematically related news, Facebook board member, enemy of the free press, and gold-plate A diaper baby billionaire Peter Thiel, has been named as part of president elect Donald Trump’s transition team. That should work out well for all of us.