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IT'S A PRANK: Facebook Closed February 29, 30, 31

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As shared on Facebook, Jan. 2, 2014:
Facebook Closed Feb 29 - 31

Netlore Archive: Prank posting says Facebook will be closed for maintenance on the nonexistent dates of Feb. 29th, 30th, and 31st, 2014.

Via Facebook

Description: Viral joke / Prank
Circulating since: Feb. 2011
Status: False, obviously (see details below)

Example #1:
As shared on Facebook, Jan. 2, 2014:

FACEBOOK WILL BE CLOSED DOWN & NOT ACCESSIBLE ON FEB 29th, Feb 30th & Feb. 31st. SORRY !!!!!

Example #2:
As shared on Facebook, Feb. 7, 2013:

WARNING!
Facebook will be closed down for maintenance from February 29th to 31st!!. Many people will try to log in from February 29 to 31, just to find the site closed down for those days with no warning.... Tell your friends!! 

Example #3:
As shared on Facebook, Feb. 8, 2013:

Attention !! Facebook sera fermé pour maintenance du 29 au 31 février. Faites passer à vos contacts pour qu'ils soient au courant!!!



Analysis: It's true that you won't be able to access Facebook on February 29, 30, and 31 of this year, but not because it will be "closed." What's the real reason? With the exception of leap years — of which 2014 is not one — the month of February only has 28 days.

Think someone is pulling our legs? Uh-huh.

See also:
April 1st Is Internet Cleaning Day
Leap Year History & Folklore
Balancing Eggs on the Equinox
Why Friday the 13th Is Unlucky


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Sources and further reading:

No, Facebook Is Not Going Dark Feb. 29
NBC News, 6 February 2013

Please Stop Sharing This Idiotic Facebook Shut-Down Hoax
The Daily Dot, 6 February 2013


Last updated 02/24/14

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