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104-year-old woman 'had to lie about age' to join Facebook

A “glitch in the system” prevents users from entering any age over 99.

File photo (not the actual excellent grandmother in question)
File photo (not the actual excellent grandmother in question)
Image: Tablet photo via Shutterstock

FACEBOOK HAS BEEN forced to apologise for a problem that meant a 104-year-old Michigan woman had to lie about her age on the social media website.

Marguerite Joseph’s granddaughter says Facebook won’t let the centenarian from Michigan 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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