Facebook is ageist.
Michigan grandmother Marguerite Joseph has not been able to put her real age on her Facebook page since she opened it nearly three years ago. Every time she has tried to put in her actual year of birth, 1908, the social media site automatically changes it to 1928. It seems as though Joseph’s triple-digit age is too much for Facebook to handle, and the 104-year-old has been displayed as being 99 since 2010.
“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,” Joseph’s granddaughter Gail Marlow said to local reporters.
Marlow, who has been managing her grandmother’s Facebook account since its inception, has been trying to fix the glitch in the system, contacting Facebook directly with no response. “I would love to see her real age on Facebook, I mean in April she’s going to be 105. It’s special.”
Even after years of trying, Joseph’s age is still “too much for even Facebook to compute”.
In 2000, upon experiencing severe gastrointestinal problems months after her husband’s death, Joseph had less than 1 percent chance to live. Thirty days later she left the hospital and has been “the picture of health since.” Joseph has since used Facebook to stay in touch with her four children, 12 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.
The centenarian has experienced the evolution of communication over the past century, but no one in her large family ever thought she would be logging on to Facebook. She is quite the social media butterfly, with over 140 friends and 84 posted pictures (including one with a Shake Weight).