Facebook bug Tells Users They’ve Been Friends for 46 Years
As the world was celebrating New Year yesterday, Facebook seemed to be having its own celebrations. A bug in Facebook was telling users that they’ve been friends for 46 years.
It is silly to think that Facebook remembers who were friends with 46 years ago because Facebook wasn’t around that many years ago in 1969. In fact millions of FB users were not even born while computers were used only for military purposes.
The date Dec. 31, 1969 carries special significance for computer software, according to the Daily Dot. That date is the first to appear in time tracking software for Unix computer systems called Unix Epoch. Although not confirmed by Facebook, many are suggesting the bug originates with what’s known as the Unix epoch.
What? How long have I been asleep? pic.twitter.com/qYT0OC53an
— Byron Tau (@ByronTau) December 31, 2015
Facebook said in a statement that the company is working to address the issue. “We’ve identified this bug and the team’s fixing it now so everyone can ring in 2016 feeling young again,” said Facebook spokesperson Chelsea Kohler in an email.
Users were quick to pounce on Facebook for this glitch as can be seen from the tweets below :
Congratulations to the 46 Years Facebook glitch for making New Year’s Facebook even more insufferable than usual
— Jason O. Gilbert (@gilbertjasono) December 31, 2015
weird glitch on Facebook has given me a glimpse into the future and i don’t love it. pic.twitter.com/srCI7gtBiQ
— corey thomas (@ifUseekcorey) December 31, 2015