Rumor had it that Facebook was shutting down

By Shekhar Sahu on 11 January 2011 9:08 PM


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Last week, Tabloid Weekly World News has shaken the world and drawn attention after posting a hoax news that Facebook will be shut down on March 15. This rumor has been spreading like wildfire and the topic is in hot trends. The website cited that the shut down was confirmed by Mark Zuckerberg, CEO & Founder of  Facebook, in a press conference in front of Palo Alto Facebook Office.

After the release of this news bloggers and other news, websites came into action and started to find out more.

Later Facebook spokesperson confirmed the rumor is completely false.
“We didn’t get the memo about shutting down and there are lots to do, so we’ll just keep cranking away like always,” Larry Yu, Facebook director of corporate communications, told Mashable. “The answer is no, so please help us put an end to this silliness.”

This news was viral and below image of Google Trends proofs that:

google trends hot news search volume Facebook march

From the original tabloid

PALO 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.

“After March 15th the whole website shuts down,” said Avrat Humarthi, Vice President of Technical Affairs at Facebook. “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.”

Zuckerberg said that the decision to shut down Facebook was difficult, but that he does not think people will be upset.

“I personally don’t think it’s a big deal,” he said in a private phone interview. “And to be honest, I think it’s for the better. Without Facebook, people will have to go outside and make real friends. That’s always a good thing.”

Some Facebook users were furious upon hearing the shocking news.

“What am I going to do without Facebook?” said Denise Bradshaw, a high school student from Indiana. “My life revolves around it. I’m on Facebook for at least 10 hours a day. Now, what am I going to do with all that free time?”

However, parents across the country have been experiencing a long anticipated sense of relief.

“I’m glad the Facebook nightmare is over,” said Jon Guttari, a single parent from Detroit. “Now my teenager’s face won’t be glued to a computer screen all day. Maybe I can even have a conversation with her.”

Those in the financial circuit are criticizing Zuckerberg for walking away from a multibillion-dollar franchise. Facebook is currently ranked as one of the wealthiest businesses in the world, with economists estimating its value at around 7.9 billion.

But Zuckerberg remains unruffled by these accusations. He says he will stand by his decision to give Facebook the axe.

“I don’t care about the money,” said Zuckerberg. “I just want my old life back.”

The Facebook Corporation suggests that users remove all of their personal information from the website before March 15th. After that date, all photos, notes, links, and videos will be permanently erased.

Facebook is currently the top social network and there is no sign of shutting it down. It's not known yet why they posted the hoax news, but this certainly has increased their popularity and traffic.

Simply they played a dirty trick. So now enjoy happy Facebooking.

Shekhar Sahu

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