US woman, 104, forced to lie about age on Facebook

Feb 20, 2013

Marguerite Joseph can be forgiven for lying about her age on Facebook.

The 104-year-old Michigan woman's says Joseph is unable to list her real age on the social media site.

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 has remained 99—online, anyway.

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

Marlow tells WDIV-TV (bit.ly/Y7HQM2 ) she "would love to see" Joseph's real age displayed on Facebook and chalks up her inability to do so to "a glitch in the system."

A official did not immediately respond to a message Wednesday seeking comment.

Explore further: New social networks connect cooks and diners

1 /5 (1 vote)
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Calls for Haiti donations spread thru social Web

Jan 13, 2010

(AP) -- Calls for donations spread through social media sites Facebook and Twitter on Wednesday as users asked their friends and strangers to help the victims of Haiti's earthquake.

Zynga.com to show Facebook ads

Jun 22, 2012

(AP) — Zynga is starting to show ads from Facebook on Zynga.com, its stand-alone website that lets people play its online games away from Facebook.

US state 1st with voter registration on Facebook

Jul 18, 2012

(AP) — The state of Washington has become the first in the U.S. to offer voter registration on Facebook, as states update their approaches for younger, more connected residents who've come to expect many services online.

Recommended for you

Brazil passes trailblazing Internet privacy law

19 hours ago

Brazil's Congress on Tuesday passed comprehensive legislation on Internet privacy in what some have likened to a web-user's bill of rights, after stunning revelations its own president was targeted by US ...

Research shows impact of Facebook unfriending

Apr 22, 2014

Two studies from the University of Colorado Denver are shedding new light on the most common type of `friend' to be unfriended on Facebook and their emotional responses to it.

User comments : 0

More news stories

Is nuclear power the only way to avoid geoengineering?

"I think one can argue that if we were to follow a strong nuclear energy pathway—as well as doing everything else that we can—then we can solve the climate problem without doing geoengineering." So says Tom Wigley, one ...

US urged to drop India WTO case on solar

Environmentalists Wednesday urged the United States to drop plans to haul India to the WTO to open its solar market, saying the action would hurt the fight against climate change.