Facebook mistakenly asks many users if they’re dead

Facebook mistakenly asks many users if they're dead

  • Hundreds of (living) Facebook users on Friday were asked by the social media site if they had died.
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  • Many users were prompted with a message on Friday afternoon asking if they would like to turn their pages into an online memorial.
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Hundreds of (living) Facebook users on Friday were asked by the social media site if they had died.


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Hundreds of (living) Facebook users on Friday were asked by the social media site if they had died.

Many users were prompted with a message on Friday afternoon asking if they would like to turn their pages into an online memorial. 

The site will “memorialize” a dead person’s profile upon the request of a loved one. According to Facebook’s help center, Facebook needs to be notified in order for an account to be memorialized.

Thousands of people took to social media to notify friends and family of their own passing on Friday afternoon.

Facebook has not commented on what caused the prompts to be sent.

Alex Hider is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @alexhider.

Facebook mistakenly asks many users if they’re dead

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