Facebook, the world’s largest social networking site, is nowadays facing a glitch, in which Facebook users are told that they have been friends on the social site since past 46 years i.e. December 31, 1969.
The 46 years of friendship on Facebook was quite a strange think to digest because Facebook isn’t even 15 years old and some of its users seeing this message are far younger than 46 years of age.
Facebook has so far not disclosed the main culprit behind the fault, but it said that the company is trying hard to deal with the issue. A company spokesperson said in a statement, “We’ve identified this bug and the teams fixing it now so everyone can ring in 2016 feeling young again”.
Some of the experts have suggested that such a bug originates with what’s known as the Unix epoch. Unix is an operating system underlying many of the world’s serves, and it keeps time by counting up from zero at one-second intervals.
The date that clock began, known as the epoch, happen to be January 1, 1970 at midnight Greenwich Mean Time. It happened almost 46 years ago if today going by Eastern Standard Time.
Every second from that very point is known as epoch time, and this is the reason that some gadgets might switch to December 31, 1969. Therefore, the time in which you became friends with someone on Facebook could accidently rest itself as well to New Year’s Eve, 1969.