Sunday 18 March 2018

Facebook says sorry after 104-year-old woman forced to lie about age to join

Marguerite Joseph. Photo: Facebook
Marguerite Joseph. Photo: Facebook
Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

FACEBOOK has apologised after a glitch in the system meant a 104-year-old woman was forced to lie about her age in order to join.

The social media giant said the ‘glitch’ in the system meant that the maximum age anyone can be registered as is 99.

Marguerite Joseph was born in 1908, meaning she was four when the Titanic sank and lived through both world wars.

She posted to her account earlier this year: “I'm annoyed by facebook because I can't add my actually [sic] birth year. When I originally opened my account I could only enter myself as being 99 years old, eventhough [sic] I was I'm 104 almost 105 and still can't enter in my correct DOB. And I think I'm the oldest facebook member...I've written fb but they don't seem to fix it! Any suggestions???“

A spokesperson for the company apologised for the issue and said a solution was being worked on.

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