December 31, 2015 11:13 am

Facebook is congratulating people on being friends for 46 years thanks to an error

Many users have posted screenshots of the incorrect "Facebook friendship" messages, which are normally displayed in users' timelines to show them how long they have been friends with someone on the network - however, today users are being told they've been friends for nearly 50 years.

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Facebook is having a bit of an off day. The social network has been congratulating people on being friends for 46 years, despite the fact that many of the users are under 46 years old themselves.

The “Facebook friendship” messages are normally displayed in users’ timelines to show how long they have been friends with someone on the network – however, today users are being told they’ve been friends for nearly 50 years.

Many of those people posted screenshots of the error online.

Global News has reached out to Facebook for comment on the issue; however, the company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

But, it’s safe to say that the 46-year friendship is an error, considering Facebook hasn’t even been around for 40 years.

Some people have come up with their own idea as to where the error is coming from. Several Twitter users theorized the UNIX Epoch bug could be to blame for the weird friendship messages. Epoch time is the way the Unix operating system records time, by measuring the number of seconds that have elapsed since midnight on Jan. 1, 1970 – which happens to be 46 years ago.

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