Weekly World News posted a story today on their website claiming that Facebook will close up shop on March 15 of this year. Most people recognize this for the hoax that it is; however, it only takes a small fraction of the 500+ million Facebook members for this to spread rapidly and cause an uproar!
The story claims that Mark Zuckerberg will shut down Facebook because managing the site has become too stressful. In an attempt to make the story appear more legitimate, fake quotes made by Zuckerberg are included in the article. Here are a couple of examples:
“Facebook has gotten out of control,” “and the stress of managing this company has ruined my life. I need to put an end to all the madness.” “I don’t care about the money,” said Zuckerberg. “I just want my old life back.”
The bogus article then continues the charade with quotes from shocked and disgruntled users, parents relieved of its closure and addicts looking forward to reclaiming a Facebook free life. The article ends with the following statement:
“The Facebook Corporation suggests that users remove all of their personal information from the website before March 15th. After that date, all photos, notes, links, and videos will be permanently erased.”
Fret not, your data may not be safe, but it certainly isn’t going to magically disappear on March 15th. Facebook is in a massive growth phase closing in on the 600 million member mark. The company recently received a 50 billion valuation and investors are salivating over the prospect of an IPO. Do you honestly think Zuckerberg would shut an operation of this magnitude?
Always be suspicious if you see shocking or sensational headlines in a Facebook newsfeed. Chances are, it is a scam or hoax of some kind. Do a little bit of research before spreading these messages to your friends. A good idea is to join the Facecrooks page on Facebook to stay informed on the latest security issues.