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Issue 111 - February 2011 - Page 4

Pages in this month's issue:
  1. 2011 Date Oddity - Birth Year Plus Age Equals 111
  2. False Rumour - US Post Office To Destroy African American Stamps
  3. Bigpond Database Upgrade Phishing Scam
  4. Hoax - Facebook Shutting Down on March 15
  5. Protest Message About Bedfordshire Police Rules Regarding Muslims
  6. Coca Cola Survey Phishing Scam
  7. Hoax Reports Claim Three Giant Spaceships Heading for Earth
  8. ATO Activity Statement Refund Phishing Scam
  9. 'My First St@tus' Rogue Facebook Application
  10. Facebook Deleting Inactive Users Hoax
  11. Hoax Warning - Anthrax in Tide Detergent Packs
  12. Hoax - University of Kentucky Removes Holocaust From Curriculum
  13. Facebook Trojan Email - 'Your Password is Changed'
  14. DNA Test Kit Scam Warning
  15. Phone Text Message Lottery Scams
  16. Question About eBay Item Phishing Scam
  17. Knob Face Trojan Worm Warning Message
  18. 'See Everyone Who Views Your Pr@file' Rogue Facebook Application
  19. McDonald's Survey Phishing Scam Email
  20. Parrot Flower Photographs
  21. AAAAAAA@AAA.AAA - First Address Book Entry Virus Control Hoax
  22. Evan Trembley Missing Child Hoax

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Hoax - Facebook Shutting Down on March 15

Outline
Widespread rumour claims that Facebook will close down for good on March 15, 2011.



Brief Analysis
The claims are untrue. Facebook will certainly not shut down in March 2011. The false rumours are derived from a fictional "news" story published on the "Weekly World News" website, a publication known for churning out utterly fanciful tales disguised as news items.

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Last updated:10th January 2011
First published: 10th January 2011
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
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Subject: Facebook closing down

FACEBOOK WILL END ON MARCH 15th! | Weekly World News

ALO ALTO, CA – Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook will be shut down in March. Managing the site has become too stressful.

“Facebook has gotten out of control,” said Zuckerberg in a press conference outside his Palo Alto office, “and the stress of managing this company has ruined my life. I need to put an end to all the madness.”

Zuckerberg went on to explain that starting March 15th, users will no longer be able to access their Facebook accounts.

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Detailed Analysis
This rumour, which is rocketing around cyberspace causing fear and consternation among Facebook fans, claims that Facebook will shut down entirely on March 15, 2011. According to the rumours, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has decided to shut down the site because managing it is too stressful and because the site has "gotten out of control".

However, the rumours have no basis in fact. Zuckerberg has certainly not announced any plans to shut down Facebook. The rumours are derived from a fictional story published on the website"Weekly World News" on January 8th, 2011.

Weekly World News is the online version of a notorious tabloid newspaper of the same name long renowned for publishing utterly fanciful stories disguised as news article. Virtually nothing published on the website is accurate. The "Facebook shutting down" story is apparently intended to be satirical. The site regularly features fake news articles about alien encounters along with fictional gossip stories targeting various celebrities.

Thus, Facebookers can breathe a sigh of relief! Their much beloved network is NOT going to be shut down anytime soon.

Incidentally, this is not the only hoax that has claimed that Facebook users may soon lose their accounts. Another widespread message falsely claims that Facebook is becoming overpopulated and is therefore deleting the accounts of users who do not repost the message.

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FACEBOOK WILL END ON MARCH 15th!
Google Books - Weekly World News
Facebook Deleting Inactive Users Hoax



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Issue 111 Start Menu

Pages in this month's issue:
  1. 2011 Date Oddity - Birth Year Plus Age Equals 111
  2. False Rumour - US Post Office To Destroy African American Stamps
  3. Bigpond Database Upgrade Phishing Scam
  4. Hoax - Facebook Shutting Down on March 15
  5. Protest Message About Bedfordshire Police Rules Regarding Muslims
  6. Coca Cola Survey Phishing Scam
  7. Hoax Reports Claim Three Giant Spaceships Heading for Earth
  8. ATO Activity Statement Refund Phishing Scam
  9. 'My First St@tus' Rogue Facebook Application
  10. Facebook Deleting Inactive Users Hoax
  11. Hoax Warning - Anthrax in Tide Detergent Packs
  12. Hoax - University of Kentucky Removes Holocaust From Curriculum
  13. Facebook Trojan Email - 'Your Password is Changed'
  14. DNA Test Kit Scam Warning
  15. Phone Text Message Lottery Scams
  16. Question About eBay Item Phishing Scam
  17. Knob Face Trojan Worm Warning Message
  18. 'See Everyone Who Views Your Pr@file' Rogue Facebook Application
  19. McDonald's Survey Phishing Scam Email
  20. Parrot Flower Photographs
  21. AAAAAAA@AAA.AAA - First Address Book Entry Virus Control Hoax
  22. Evan Trembley Missing Child Hoax