Is facebook really shutting down? True or Just A Hoax?

 

 

It’s spreading like wild fire.  News that Facebook is shutting down is being shared on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks.  Is this true?  Or just another internet hoax?

The website Weekly World News wrote an article saying “Facebook will end on March 15”.  A very catchy headline with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on the photo.

According to the website:

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.

“After March 15th the whole website shuts down,” said Avrat Humarthi, Vice President of Technical Affairs at Facebook. “So if you ever want to see your pictures again, I recommend you take them off the internet. You won’t be able to get them back once Facebook goes out of business.”

While the news and the write up sounds real, I still don’t believe it for the following reasons.

  1. News like this are so big it should be covered in major news networks.  But it’s not in CNN, BBC, NY Times, etc.  Why whould Facebook make the announcement in just one website.
  2. Facebook will inform it’s users via Facebook.  If this is true, then Facebook should have made it’s own announcement at the Facebook website.
  3. Weekly World News showed the photo of Mark.  A more credible media should have been a video.

The website Sophos.com also thinks this is a hoax.  They cited that the website Weekly World News is full of made up headlines like GEORGE CLOONEY TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT, FOX TO DEVELOP WEEKLY WORLD NEWS TV SHOW! and ALIEN SPACESHIPS TO ATTACK EARTH IN 2011.  We still need to test the credibility of the website.

How about you?  Do you think Facebook is really shutting down?

 

 

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One Response to “Is facebook really shutting down? True or Just A Hoax?”

  1. Worthy Habla says:

    It is a hoax. Just looking at the Weekly World News Website would prove that it is not true since all of the “news” they put there are all fiction. Why would the facebook shutting down news article appear next to the headline “Aliens will attack in 2011”?

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