Age is a relative thing. For every athlete who is washed up in his mid-30’s, there’s a great, great, great grandmother who signs up for Facebook. Few Facebook users are older then Marguerite Joseph. In fact, Marguerite Joseph is so old she has to lie about her age to use Facebook. As it turns out, Facebook has 99 problems, and one of them is that people can only be 99 years old. Joseph’s granddaughter, Gail Marlow, says that Facebook automatically changes the 104-year-old’s age to 99 by resetting her birth date to 1928, rather than 1908.
“All of our family members always asked how grandma was doing on my Facebook page, so I decided I would set up a page of her own so she could stay connected to her family in Canada,” said Marlow, who reads and responds to Facebook messages for her legally-blind grandmother. “Every time I tried to change the settings to the right year, Facebook always came back with an unknown error message and would send us right back to a year she wasn’t born in. I would love to see her real age on Facebook, I mean in April she’s going to be 105. It’s special.”
The two have taken their quest to get Facebook’s age limit fixed directly to Zuckerberg himself, with Marlow firing off a message to the Facebook founder. A Facebook spokesman acknowledged the error and has reaffirmed that it is a technical problem the company is currently working to correct.
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