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Grandma, 104, Lied About Age to Facebook, Unlike Great-Grandma, 105

Thursday, 21 Feb 2013 10:22 AM

By Megan Anderle

A 104-year-old Michigan grandma literally had to lie to about her age to get on Facebook two years ago, but the social media giant recently gave a 105-year-old California great-grandma special treatment so she could enter her real age.

Marguerite Joseph, of Grosse Pointe Shores, is now just months away from her own 105th birthday, but she couldn't list her real age on Facebook because birth years for users didn't go back that far when she started the page back when she was 102.

Joesph's granddaughter, Gail Marlow, said she tried multiple times in the past few years to enter the centenarian's 1908 birth year, but the website kept changing it to 1928. As a result, Joesph is still just 99 to her Facebook friends.

Joseph is legally blind and can't hear well, but Marlow reads and responds to all of her Facebook messages, local Detroit station WDIV-TV reported.

It's the grandmother and granddaughter's special time together.

“I cherish this time we spend together,” Marlow told WDIV-TV. “She gets that we’re on the Internet, she gets that we’re talking to relatives, but does she understand social media? Probably not.”

Marlow said 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."

She said she has sent message after message to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to report the issue, but to no avail.

That's strange because system engineers recently rejiggered Facebook coding to allow 105-year-old Edythe Kirchmaier to enter her birth date: Jan. 22, 1908.

It's not clear why the issue wasn't solved for users everywhere, but Facebook told WDIV-TV it was addressing the issue.

"We've recently discovered an issue whereby some Facebook users may be unable to enter a birthday before 1910. We are working on a fix for this and we apologize for the inconvenience," the company said in a statement.

Some in Joseph's family said they were surprised to find out their grandmother was on Facebook.

"All of our family members always asked how grandma was doing on my Facebook page," Marlow said. "So I decided I would set up a page of her own so she could stay connected to her family in Canada."

Since joining two years ago, Joseph has acquired 109 friends and has posted 84 pictures.

“This is an opportunity for me to share her with the world and I truly believe being online has helped keep her young,” Marlow said.

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