Report Says Facebook Is Not Closing Up. Get Details Here:

NEW DELHI: If you
spend a better part of
your life living out of
Facebook, rejoice.
Facebook won’t be
closing on March 15
after all. Surprised? Read
on …
More than one million
people have already
fallen for a hoax that
claims that the popular
social networking site
will be shutting down
on March 15.
According to IT security
firm Sophos, a bogus
news story published
by the “Weekly World
News”, said Facebook
founder Mark
Zuckerberg had told
reporters that
“managing [Facebook] has ruined my life. I
need to put an end to all
the madness.”
Some panic-stricken
Facebook users and
mischief-mongers
spread the story far and
wide across the internet
in no time. Although
Facebook debunked the
hoax via its Twitter
account late on Sunday,
users still continue to
pass the bogus
messages onto their
online friends.
The “Weekly World
News” article went on to
quote another company
official, Avrat Humarthi,
vice-president of
technical affairs at
Facebook, as saying
“After March 15th the
whole website shuts
down. 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.”
Sophos said that many
people would not
believe the report,
which comes from a
newspaper that has
previously reported
George Clooney is
running for president
and that alien
spacecrafts will visit
earth in 2011. However,
it only takes only a small
number of people to
think it might be
possible to turn a joke
of a news story into an
internet hoax as has
been proved many a
times in the past few
years.
“I certainly wouldn’t
disagree that users
would be wise to have
their own backup of
their photographs,
rather than rely on
Facebook — but it’s
nothing more than a
scare to suggest to
people that they have to
do it before March15th
because Facebook is
going to close down,”
explained Graham
Cluley, senior
technology consultant at
Sophos.
“There’s an important
lesson here — don’t
believe everything you
read on the internet, and
think twice before you
pass a story on to your
friends.”
Although a hoax is not
as serious as malware
worming its way
between users and
stealing information, it’s
still a nuisance, clogging
up communications,
increasing the overall
level of spam and
perhaps leading people
to make decisions for
the wrong reasons.



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