Description: Fake news / Hoax
Circulating since: 2011
Status: False (see details below)
As posted on Facebook, April 27, 2013:
JUST IN: FACEBOOK WILL END ON MAY 15TH, 2013!
PALO ALTO, CA – Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook will be shut down in May of 2013. Managing the site has become too stressful.
"Facebook has gotten out of control," reportedly 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 reportedly went on to explain that starting May 15th, users will no longer be able to access their Facebook accounts. That gives users (and Facebook addicts) a year to adjust to living without Facebook.
"After May 15th, 2013 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 after Facebook goes out of business."
Zuckerberg said 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 to a source close to a friend. "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.
Analysis: This is a recycled hoax. The same bogus story has appeared for three years running (2011, 2012, 2013) on WeeklyWorldNews.com, each time provoking rage and confusion among Facebook members, who really let's face it ought to know better by now.
Click here to read Facebook's tweeted response when the hoax first went viral in January 2011.
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Sources and further reading:
Facebook Will End on May 15th, 2013!
Weekly World News, 1 October 2012
Facebook Will End on March 15th, 2012!
Weekly World News, 8 December 2011
Facebook Will End on March 15th, 2011!
Weekly World News, 8 January 2011
False: Facebook Shutting Down on March 15, 2011
Urban Legends, 8 January 2011
False: Facebook to Shut Down March 15
PCMag.com, 9 January 2011
Last updated 04/28/13