Facebook bug mistakenly congratulates some users for 46-year-old friendships

A Facebook glitch prompted some users on the social network Thursday to see a post from the company congratulating them for the impossible: 46 years of friendship.

Some users had not been alive for 46 years, Facebook was founded in 2004 and even the Internet didn’t exist.

Facebook spokeswoman Annabel Gould said in a statement to SiliconBeat that “We’ve identified this bug and the team’s fixing it now so everyone can ring in 2016 feeling young again.” Gould declined to provide any additional information, including what caused the error.

But sure enough, theories began to circulate online about the cause and specifically why the number 46 popped up.

Some tech employees, including Microsoft software engineer Mark Davis, speculated that the glitch was tied to a computer operating system called Unix that counts the number of seconds that have gone by since January 1, 1970 or in some time zones Dec. 31, 1969, which is 46 years ago.

Others suspected that the glitch was a PR stunt. But the explanation, some quipped, might be a simple one.

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