Many Facebook users around the world recently were surprised to find they had been marked as dead by the social media giant.
A technical error meant a message intended for memorialised accounts was linked to people who were still alive, including that of Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg.
Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg was among those labelled as dead (Facebook)
"We hope people who love (name) will find comfort in the things others share to remember and celebrate (his/her) life," appeared at the top of hundreds of user profiles.
Ironically, many Facebook users took to Twitter to ridicule the site.
While some users believed the ominous message was connected to the US election results, a Facebook spokesperson confirmed it was purely the result of a technical glitch.
"For a brief period today, a message meant for memorialised 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."
Facebook usually waits until they have been informed of a user's death before memorialising an account.