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Woman, 104, forced to lie about age on Facebook

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 06:53 a.m. HST, Feb 21, 2013

GROSSE POINTE SHORES, Mich. » Facebook is apologizing for a problem that makes a 104-year-old Michigan woman lie about her age on the social media website.

Marguerite Joseph's granddaughter says Facebook won't let Joseph list her real age.

Gail Marlow says when she tries inputting her grandmother's birth year as 1908, Facebook changes it to 1928. So for the past two years, the Grosse Pointe Shores centenarian has remained 99 — online, anyway.

Joseph is legally blind and can't hear well, but Marlow reads and responds to all her Facebook messages.

Marlow tells WDIV-TV she'd "love to see" Joseph's real age posted and chalks it up to "a glitch in the system."

Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes told The Associated Press on Wednesday that it's working to fix a problem limiting used of pre-1910 birthdates.

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bender wrote:
I guess their programmers never expected old people to use their system. Pretty arrogant in my opinion.
on February 21,2013 | 05:44AM
fbiguy wrote:
You are pretty arrogant in your assessment of Navy Seal training routines
on February 21,2013 | 07:32AM
I dont think it is a matter of arrogance as it is ignorance and not looking thinking outside of the box of normalcy.
on February 21,2013 | 03:09PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Women give their real age?
on February 21,2013 | 06:15AM
hilocal wrote:
loquaciousone, yes, in other countries.
on February 22,2013 | 05:36AM
RichardCory wrote:
on February 21,2013 | 08:06AM
iwanaknow wrote:
Who will catfish her?
on February 21,2013 | 08:47AM
cojef wrote:
Who cares except "Facebook"for obvious reasons, image and profit. Poor business ethics in the end will do the business in. Customer loyalty is a valuable asset which is based on honesty and trust. It's a two- way street and integrity must be evident.
on February 21,2013 | 09:35AM
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