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Facebook 'Friends Day' Sparks Controversy After Showing Images Of Dead Dogs And Exes

Facebook's 'Friends Days' has sparked controversy after showing images of people's past including family pets that have died and exes.

The social media giant rolled out the special feature to mark its 12th birthday and celebrate "friendship" by giving users a 58-second video featuring images of friends and family.

However, the collage soon became the subject of criticism as people were shown pictures of exes, dead dogs and family members who have died.

Michael Gesel shared his video, with a caption that stated: "Facebook created a Friend's Day Video Album for me, I really do not have that many friends, nearly all the pictures show ghosts; past friends that have moved on from my life... I miss them all! Ex-wife, ex-best friend, ex-movie makers..."

Another Facebook user, Tyler, uploaded his 'Friends Day' video, made up of best-forgotten memories, to YouTube.

Several people tweeted their objection to the video with five users highlighting awkward examples of how algorithms can get it horrifically wrong.

Others also pointed out the obvious, stating that many of the people featured in the video were not "friends" anymore.

On the day, Mark Zuckerberg posted a comment explaining the sentiment behind the day.

Today is a day to celebrate friends. It's also Facebook's birthday, but today isn't about celebrating us. It's about...

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday, February 4, 2015

He posted his own "Friends Day" video

For Friends Day, you can celebrate the important people in your life with a personalized video we've made for you and everyone in our community.Here's mine. These are just some of the amazing people who have made a big difference in my life. I'm so grateful to have them in my life and have so many wonderful memories together.To see your own Friends Day video, go to facebook.com/friendsday #friendsday

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday, February 4, 2016