Facebook shutting down March 15: Yeah, right.

Ridiculous rumor is now web truthiness: WWN says Facebook is really shutting down on March 15, 2011 -- source is CEO Mark Zuckerberg, no less. Stop and think, people!

Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook.com)
By Richi Jennings. January 11, 2011.

Is Facebook shutting down on March 15, like the Weekly World News says it will? Does Mark Zuckerberg just want his life back? In IT Blogwatch, laughing bloggers browse the reading matter at the Safeway checkout.

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“Facebook has gotten out of control,” said Zuckerberg. ... “The stress of managing this company has ruined my life.” ... [He] went on to explain that starting March 15th, users will no longer be able to access their Facebook accounts. Zuckerberg said that the decision to shut down Facebook was difficult, but that he does not think people will be upset.


Some Facebook users were furious upon hearing the shocking news. ... However, parents across the country have been experiencing a long anticipated sense of relief. ... Zuckerberg remains unruffled ... [and] says he will stand by his decision to give Facebook the axe. “I don’t care about the money ... I just want my old life back.”

Sharon Gaudin dispels that tabloid report:

The rumors spread after Weekly World News, best known for stories about UFOs, aliens and the like, published a story over the weekend saying that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg ... was shuttering the company because it had become too stressful for him.


"It's hard to believe that anyone would take this seriously," said Dan Olds, an analyst at Gabriel Consulting Group. "But Weekly World News readers probably have bigger things on their minds."

Jennifer Valentino-DeVries calls it a "tabloid hoax":

Of all the media comments Facebook has had to give over the past year, this is probably the most ridiculous. ... The Weekly World News [is] the tabloid famous for “Bat Boy” ... basically like the Onion, only not quite as funny.

Allie Townsend asks, when will we learn?

[It] sent the collective web psyche into a spiraling panic. ... I have to admire the comedy in the story.


There's been no stopping social media hoaxes as of late. Twitter deaths are so rampant they're killing at least a celebrity or two a week. ... Raven Symone, Eddie Murphy, Owen Wilson and even Adam Sandler have all been [recent] targets of the deathtweet rumor mill. ... This culture of “I'll believe anything you tweet” is growing increasingly worrisome. ... A bit of diligent Googling goes a long way, folks.


Hopefully, the next time someone cries “OMG Celebrity Death!” we'll think twice before mindlessly retweeting.

 And Graham Cluley likens it to spam:

And although a hoax is nothing like as bad as a piece of 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.


Don't believe everything you read on the internet, and think twice before you pass a story on to your friends.

Meanwhile, Orri Pönnukaka Ragnarsso sums up:

Successful troll is successful!

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