Facebook Bug Made Woman, 104, Lie About Age


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iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — We all know someone who’s lied about how old they are, especially on the Internet. But a 104-year-old woman in Michigan didn’t want to lie about her age on Facebook — except that a bug on the website forced her to for a while.

While Marguerite Joseph is legally blind and hard of hearing, her granddaughter has been maintaining her profile for her and helping her to write posts and respond to messages.

Joseph was 102 years old when she first registered for Facebook, but her granddaughter said she could never get Joseph’s profile page to show an age older than 99. No matter how many times they attempted to update her birth year to 1908, the website would show an “unknown error” had occurred and default to 1928.

“We’ve recently discovered an issue whereby some Facebook users may be unable to enter a birthday before 1910,” Facebook said in a statement provided to ABC News. “We are working on a fix for this and we apologize for the inconvenience.”

When reached for additional comment, a spokesperson for Facebook told ABC News said that Joseph’s profile age has since been corrected. Messages left by ABC News for Joseph’s family were not immediately returned.

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