It is not unusual for a younger Facebook user to lie about their age, but in this case a 104-year-old woman lies to become become a member of the social networking site.
Marguerite Joseph, from Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich., will turn 105 in just a few months but Facebook doesn’t know that, Detroit station WDIV reports.
The oldest Facebook user ever, was unable to use her true age because Facebook did not have her year of birth, 1908, as an option. As far as the website was concerned Joseph has been 99 for the last two years.
“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,” her granddaughter, Gail Marlow, who has tried to contact Facebook about the issue, told WDIV. “I would love to see her real age on Facebook, I mean in April she’s going to be 105. It’s special.”
When the 104-year-old attempts to change her birth date to 1908, it switches to 1928, according to the Associated Press.
Joseph, has chosen to just not list any birth year on her page.
“I was actually born on April 19, 1908, which makes me 102 years old but Facebook wouldn’t let me enter in a date that goes back that far,” reads the great-grandmother’s “About” section, written two years ago when her Facebook page was first created. She later writes, “I am a wealth of knowledge and history and love to tell my stories.”
A Facebook spokesperson apologized for the error and is working to fix the malfunction of using pre-1910 birthdays, the AP reports.
“We’ve recently discovered an issue whereby some Facebook users may be unable to enter a birthday before 1910,” Facebook said in a statement to The Huffington Post. “We are working on a fix for this and we apologize for the inconvenience.”