When some users logged on they discovered that they had joined Leonard Cohen, and the Norwegian Blue Parrot and become one of the many who had developed a Life-Impairment disability.
The flaw caused Facebook to display a small memorial message above users’ regular homepage profile. Which caused many to have to post signs saying they “ain’t dead yet”.
It appears that the bug is spreading quickly to others in the media, and has reportedly even affected the pages of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who many expected had been undead for some time.
The social network does offer a function that allows people to turn the profile pages of loved ones into a “Memorial” which is fine so long as someone does not exploit it.
Facebook said that a message meant for memorialized profiles was briefly posted to other accounts.
“This was a terrible error that we now have fixed. We are very sorry that this happened and we worked as quickly as possible to fix it,” said a company spokesperson by email.