Sunday, January 9, 2011

Facebook is Shutting Down on March 15, 2011: Reality of Fiction..?? - - Story Published by "Weekly World News" Quoting Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg

Beware! It's a Cyber World - - Summary:
A pervasive email message claims that Facebook will shut down for good on March 15, 2011 citing the reason of almost impossible managing due to rush of members.

The declaration in the message is false. Facebook will definitely not shut down in March 2011. These rumours are extracted from a fictional "news" story published on the "Weekly World News" website, a publication known for stirring up out absolutely imaginary stories covered as news items.

Let's have look to the message claiming such nonsense claims:
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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Beware! It's a Cyber World - - Explanation:

This rumour, which is penetrating around internet and web causing panic and dismay 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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