Facebook Struggles To Deal With Death As More Older Users Join

07/19/2010 11:22 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • JENNA WORTHAM nytimes.com

Facebook, the world's biggest social network, knows a lot about its roughly 500 million members. Its software is quick to offer helpful nudges about things like imminent birthdays and friends you have not contacted in a while. But the company has had trouble automating the task of figuring out when one of its users has died.

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