PALO ALTO, CA –Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook will be shut down in March of 2012. 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 of next year, users will no longer be able to access their Facebook accounts. That gives users (and Facebook addicts) a year to adjust to life without Facebook.
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Many such messages were spreading on Facebook and other online platforms that Facebook is going to shut down in March 2012.
Hoax or Fact:
It is not a fact, it is just a hoax, a rumor that went viral.
Facebook, the most popular social networks for professionals is claimed to be closing down in March this year. The reason stated was that the CEO, Mark Zuckerberg finds it hard to manage this popular social networking platform and he wanted to shut down and have life.
The fact however is that it is just a silly rumor that started as a result of mixture of two different news. The first one is Yahoo announcement that its service Yahoo Video will be closing down on March 15, 2011, and the second one is a CNN article in which the author states his personal view saying that the recent investment in Facebook could be the “beginning of the end” for this company. Facebook is not going to close any time soon. Even their homepage says that "It's free and always will be". Facebook denied these news as hoax rumors and responded to this on their Twitter account, saying that it is not a fact, and that they have just started. CNN confirms the same stating further reasons why Facebook cannot shut down in near future.
- Silly rumor on internet says Mark Zuckerberg is shutting down Facebook
- Rumor not true, Facebook director of corporate communications says
- "We'll just keep cranking away like always," director says
Facebook NOT shutting down March 15
(Mashable)-- There's a silly rumor exploding on the Internet this weekend, alleging that Facebook is shutting down on March 15 because CEO Mark Zuckerberg "wants his old life back," and desires to "put an end to all the madness."
We have official confirmation from Facebook Director of Corporate Communications Larry Yu that the rumor is false.
We asked him via e-mail if Facebook was shutting down on March 15, to which he responded, "The answer is no, so please help us put an end to this silliness."
He added, "We didn't get the memo about shutting down and there's lots to do, so we'll just keep cranking away like always."
There’s a silly rumor exploding on the Internet this weekend, alleging that Facebook is shutting down on March 15 because CEO Mark Zuckerberg “wants his old life back,” and desires to “put an end to all the madness.”
[UPDATE] We have official confirmation from Facebook Director of Corporate Communications Larry Yu that the rumor is false. We asked him via e-mail if Facebook was shutting down on March 15, to which he responded, “The answer is no, so please help us put an end to this silliness.” He added, “We didn’t get the memo about shutting down and there’s lots to do, so we’ll just keep cranking away like always.”
Let’s think about this for a minute. Would Facebook decide to shut down the company just a few days afterannouncing a round of funding, consisting of $450 million from Goldman Sachs and $50 million from Russian investment firm Digital Sky Technologies, on a valuation of $50 billion?
The spurious report was started by a site to which we refuse to link, known for its reports of impending attacks of alien spaceships and false reports of a Michelle Obama pregnancy.
The fact that this absurd hoax spread so efficiently makes us wonder: Will people believe anything?