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HOAX - 'Send Message to 10 Contacts to Activate WhatsApp with 'F' Logo'


Message purporting to be from the director of instant messaging application WhatsApp claims that the service has been bought by Mark Zuckerberg and you must therefore send the same message to at least 10 contacts to activate your account with Facebook.

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Brief Analysis

The message is a hoax and you should not send it to your contacts. Sharing the silly message will do nothing. WhatsApp was indeed bought by Facebook but you do not need to send a message to your contacts to keep your account active. This is just a newer variant of earlier WhatsApp hoaxes.


Hello, I. Am john Sam director of whatsapp, this message is to inform all of our users that we have sold whatsapp to Mark Zuckerberg for 19 billion $. WhatsApp is now controlled by mark zuckerberg. If you have at least 10 contacts send this sms and logo of your whatsapp will change to a new icon with facebook's "f" within 24 hours.

Forward this message to more than 10 people to activate your new whatsapp with facebook services or else your account will be deleted from new servers.

Confirming this is the new icon WhatsApp

Send it to all your contacts to update the application send this to 10 people To activate the new whatsapp.

WhatsApp Hoax Message

Detailed Analysis

WhatsApp Message Claims You Must Share With At Least 10 Contacts

According to a message that is circulating via smartphone cross platform messaging application WhatsApp, your account will be deleted if you do not share the same message with at least 10 contacts.

The message claims that, because Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg bought WhatsApp, you must send the SMS to 10 or more people to activate WhatsApp's new Facebook services.

Supposedly, once you have shared as instructed, the WhatsApp logo will change to the Facebook 'F' within 24 hours.

Message is a Hoax

However, the message is just a silly hoax. You certainly do not need to send a message to your contacts to keep your account active. In fact, the message is just one in a long series of hoaxes that falsely claim that you must share a particular message or risk losing your account.

There have been several alternative WhatsApp versions as well as versions targeting other high profile services such as Facebook and Hotmail. Similar hoaxes have claimed that you will start being charged fees to use a particular service if you do not pass on a message to a specified number of people.

As in this case, many of the hoaxes make the absurd claim that the service's icon will change in some way once you have shared as instructed.

WhatsApp Was Bought by Facebook But You Do Not Need to Activate

For the record, WhatsApp was indeed acquired by Facebook for $US19 billion in February 2014. However, you do not need to do anything different because of this change. You certainly do not need to send on a silly message to activate WhatsApp with Facebook. A post on the WhatsApp blog about the Facebook partnership notes:
Here’s what will change for you, our users: nothing.

WhatsApp will remain autonomous and operate independently. You can continue to enjoy the service for a nominal fee. You can continue to use WhatsApp no matter where in the world you are, or what smartphone you’re using.

Do Not Share These Messages

Sending on nonsensical hoaxes like this one do nothing other than spread misinformation and clutter our networks with even more useless nonsense. If you receive this message, do not share it with others. And take the time to let the sender know that the message is a hoax.

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Last updated: September 12, 2014
First published: September 12, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen
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