Facebook glitch declares millions of users dead

Hundreds of affected users took to Twitter yesterday to confirm they were in good health

Facebook glitch declares millions of users dead

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers the keynote address at the F8 Facebook Developer Conference, in San Francisco 12/04/2016. Image: Eric Risberg AP/Press Association Images

Facebook has apologised for “terrible error” which saw the company accidentally declaring two million of its users dead - including founder, Mark Zuckerberg.

A technical glitch led to profiles displaying a memorial message hoping loved ones would “find comfort in the things others share to remember and celebrate” their lives.

Hundreds of affected users took to Twitter yesterday to confirm they were in good health.

The error saw Facebook's CEO, Mr Zuckerberg’s profile displaying the message for a short time.

"This was a terrible error that we have now fixed," said a Facebook spokesman. "We are very sorry that this happened."

The social networking site introduced a "memorialising" option last year to allow a loved one to take control of user’s profile after they die.

The designated trustee is allowed to post an announcement on the person’s timeline, change profile and cover photos and respond to new friend requests.

You can also arrange to have your account deleted after you pass away.

Nick Gazzard - whose daughter Hollie was murdered in 2014 - had problems with the social network after her death: