The topic of Facebook shutting its doors to the social networking users has been doing the rounds on Google and Twitter for the past few days and has led to the users becoming increasingly nervous about the future of their favorite interactive Website. The controversial rumor was first started by WeeklyWorldNews which was responsible for setting out the rumor of Michelle Obama becoming pregnant.
The report by CNN indicating that according to Goldman Sach’s investigation into Facebook, it could be the beginning of an end, has further added fuel to the fire and hence the rumor is getting more and more popular by the minute. So is Facebook really closing down on the 15th of March 2011 or is it a just another one of those internet hoax? The truth is that no such thing has been confirmed by the founder Mark Zuckerberg up to now. Until any word or confirmation gets released from the horse’s mouth, it is difficult to say whether Facebook is closing down or not.
MANILA, Philippines – Is Facebook really shutting down on March 15?
For the US $50-billion company, it’s highly unlikely.
A hoax is claiming that Facebook chief executive officer and president Mark Zuckerberg is planning to shut down the social networking site.
The rumor has gone viral, with ABS-CBN News’ Twitter account getting peppered with questions regarding the rumor’s veracity.
The hoax, perpetrated by the website of American supermarket tabloid Weekly World News, claims that Zuckerberg held a press conference outside his Palo Alto office to announce Facebook’s closure.
“Facebook has gotten out of control and the stress of managing this company has ruined my life. I need to put an end to all the madness,” Time magazine’s person of the year awardee allegedly said.
WWN, which runs stories often based on aliens, paranormal phenomena, the supernatural, and weird creatures, also claimed that Facebook users need to remove their photos from the site.
WWN ran the Facebook story on its website alongside an article claiming that alien spaceships will attack the Earth in 2011.
On October 25 last year, anchors at the Fox News national morning news show "Fox and Friends" in the United States fell for a WWN satirical story claiming that the Los Angeles Angeles Police Department planned to buy 10,000 jetpacks for police officers at a cost of around US $1 billion.
"Fox and Friends" hosts later retracted the story after realizing the hoax, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Zuckerberg has yet to comment on the WWN hoax.
Facebook earned about US $500 million last year on sales of nearly US $2 billion, according to a memo distributed to potential investors in Facebook shares sold by Wall Street investment bank Goldman Sachs.
The social networking site is expected to launch an initial public offering in the US stock market next year. – With a report from Reuters.
***A hoax is a deliberately fabricated falsehood made to masquerade as truth. It is distinguishable from errors in observation or judgment,or rumors and urban legends that are passed along in good faith by believers or as jokes.
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