fortune: When many Facebook users logged on to their accounts on Friday afternoon, they discovered the social network had declared them to be deceased. by Jeff John Roberts
'The lethal online epidemic is causing Facebook FB -1.47% to display a small memorial message above users’ regular homepage profile. In the case of my editor, Rachel King, Fortune tech writers who visited her page discovered a “Remembering Rachel King” message, and a wish to remember to remember and celebrate her life.
'While Friday’s wave of Facebook fatalities was clearly a bug or a hoax of some sort, the social network does offer a function that allows people to turn the profile pages of loved ones into a “Memorial.”
'Update: Facebook has since apologized for a “terrible” mistake.'