Have you ever been caught by a Facebook hoax? Did you fall for one of the many privacy-related hoaxes, such as the Facebook Graphic App hoax? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.
Although less serious than most Facebook scams and other serious schemes of con artists, the following hoaxes can make you look like a bit of a fool. So, take a read and make a note: don’t pass these on to your friends!
Facebook Is Shutting Down?
But of course: Mark Zuckerberg hates money and wants no more. This is a story that spreads rapidly every year, so for some of us it will come as no surprise at all. Also, most educated Internet users will spot a chain message when they see one. Take a look at the text:
“Dear Facebook members, Facebook is supposed to be closing down March 15th because it is becoming very overpopulated. There have been many members complaining that Facebook is becoming very slow. Records show that there are many active Facebook members and also many new members. We will be sending this message around to see if members are active or not. If you are active please send to 15 other users using copy+paste to show that you are still active. Those who do not send this message within 2 weeks will be deleted without hesitation to make more space. Send this me>ssage to all of your friends to show that you are still active and you will not be deleted. Founder of Facebook. Remember to send this to 15 other people so your account wont be deleted.”
However, just because you can spot a chain letter and an obvious hoax, doesn’t mean that your parents can, or your kids, or your grandparents, or even your friends. Don’t let your friends and family make fools of themselves.
We didn't get the memo about shutting down, so we'll keep working away. We aren't going anywhere; we're just getting started.
— Facebook (@facebook) January 9, 2011
Variations of this Facebook hoax have been going around for years. See the following video.
Watch Out For This Squid
If you fell for the hoax about Facebook shutting down, we can make you feel a tad better by letting you know how over 500,000 people and a Chinese newspaper fell for a hoax news story about a giant squid. You wouldn’t fall for that now, would you?
The story arose when a satirical newspaper called Lightly Braised Turnip wrote about this monster reaching Californian shores. Supposedly it had become this large due to radioactive gigantism caused by the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant. And hey, it’s in the science section, so why would we question this? Maybe because, although satirical, this is exactly the sort of rubbish we actually see in real newspapers every day. So, Lightly Braised Turnip have proven to be quite good at this satire thing.
More Ways You Could Be Duped On Facebook
There are plenty of other ways to get duped or tricked on Facebook. There are always many requests to pass on information about missing kids, or sharing images for supposed good causes. Not all of these are legitimate, or even worth doing. And certainly, some of them are viral scams or outright clickjacking.
Protect Yourself From Facebook Scams
For many Facebook scams and hoaxes, all it takes is a little bit of critical thinking. For others, such as clickjacking, you may need to implement a bit of browser security. We suggest you check out some good browser extensions, such as these add-ons to keep Firefox secure.
So, did you seriously think Facebook would shut down? Do you think it would be a good idea?
Image Credits: Toshiyuki IMAI Via Flickr