Facebook Shutting Down Hoax
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Yet another mutant child of the old Hotmail account closure hoax is currently circulating. The message warns that Facebook will close down unless 1 million people join a new group within 7 days.
The warning reads:
FACEBOOK WILL SHUT DOWN IN 7 DAYS IF 1,000,000 PEOPLE DONT JOIN THIS GROUP!
I JUST GOT THE NEWS FROM MARK ZUKERBURG THAT I HAVE TO MAKE A GROUP AND HAVE 1,000,000 PEOPLE JOIN IT IN 7 DAYS OR FACEBOOK WILL SHUTDOWN!
INVITE ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS!
HURRY WE ONLY HAVE 7 DAYS!
This claim is total nonsense. There has been a long line of similar hoaxes that target MSN, Yahoo, AOL, Bebo, Orkut and others. All claim that the targeted website or service will close down unless users work to "save" it by forwarding emails, circulating instant messages or sending out site invitations. All such claims are untrue. Of course, no legitimate company is ever likely to conduct business in this way, least of all one as wildly successful as Facebook.
Given that Facebook had over 34 million active members as of July 2007, I'm pretty confident that the company's management has not been panicked into making absurd and outlandish requests to its users to avoid imminent closure (grin).
In spite of the obvious absurdity of these "closure warning" messages, they still continually circulate.
Another Hotmail Account Closure Hoax Email
Bebo.com Closing Down Hoax
MSN Messenger 500,000 Signatures Hoax
posted by Brett Christensen @ 5:14 PM,
- At September 11, 2007 5:48 PM, Parakletos said...
appreciate all your hard work to work for TRUTH. Thanks
- At October 10, 2007 5:30 AM, Kevin said...
What's even more ridiculous than these spam emails is that people ACTUALLY believe them. But it gives me a great idea; I have a Facebook group I'd like to see skyrocket in membership, maybe I'll just do that.
Btw, I made a post about this, and I've been getting tons of hits (comparatively to the rest of my site) from Google and whatnot. Pathetic, but amusing. We truly are sheep.
(I'm linking to you in a future post!)
- At December 18, 2007 5:59 PM, Sharni said...
There is a new one floating around which users are posting on peoples walls. It reads:
Attention all Facebook membeRs.
Facebook is recently becoming very overpopulated,
There have been many members complaining that Facebook
is becoming very slow.Record shows that the reason is
that there are too many non-active Facebook members
And on the other side too many new Facebook members.
We will be sending this messages around to see if the
Members are active or not,If you're active please send
to other users using Copy+Paste to show that you are active
Those who do not send this message within 2 weeks,
The user will be deleted without hesitation to create more space,
If Facebook is still overpopulated we kindly ask for donations but until then send this message to all your friends and make sure you send
this message to show me that your active and not deleted.
Founder of Facebook
Is this also a hoax??
- At December 19, 2007 12:00 PM, Brett Christensen said...
Yes, this is also a hoax. Facebook is NOT becoming overpopulated. I've added an article about this hoax here.
- At April 10, 2008 10:21 PM, Criddy said...
Here's another one to check out...
If someone by the name of Mark Genesis Gallardo (rugbylegend) wants to add you to their list, don't accept it. It's a virus. Tell everyone on your list because if somebody on your list adds them you will get it, too. It is a hard drive killer and a very horrible virus. Please pass this on to everyone on your list. We need to find out who is using this account.
When will people stop being so naive? I am constantly getting these in e-mail facebook bebo etc so i always send back a link to this site and ask the person to forward it to everyone they sent the original "warning" to.