HOAX - 'Send Message to 10 Contacts to Activate WhatsApp with 'F' Logo'
OutlineMessage 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.
Brief AnalysisThe 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.
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 Message Claims You Must Share 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
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
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.
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Last updated: September 12, 2014
First published: September 12, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen