Facebook Ending March 15? Not.

January 10th, 2011 at 11:06 am

There are things that can easily be considered as rumors or facts. But then the online world can be a confusing environment to be in. Some rumors can be considered as fact by many and vice versa. It is such a puzzling phenomenon really. But then it happens more often that people may think.

That is why it is sometimes no wonder that people who are online may easily believe some rumors no matter how outrageous they may seem. Just recently, news about popular social networking giant Facebook closing down by March 15 spread like wildfire. The story may have first came about from an article from online entertainment tabloid Weekly World News posted on January 8. Despite its rather credible looking name, the entertainment tabloid actually specializes in coming up with outlandish and almost too-good-to-be-true stories.

According to the article, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg will be shutting down Facebook because managing the very popular social networking site has become very stressful. It further said that the site will be in the process of taking down profiles as well as their content. This probably included photos and contacts of Facebook users.

Fear of losing valuable photos and contacts when Facebook is taken down may have fueled the bogus news to spread like wildfire.

Only a few may have read the actual news article and spread it through other avenues such as on Facebook and it gets taken as fact. Probably the lack citing the source of the news may have mistaken the article as true or that there are quite a lot of gullible people going online. Whatever the case, it caused quite a stir, especially among Facebook users. It has come to a point where even some users began making Facebook pages urging Zuckerberg to stop from closing down the popular social networking site.

It took around a couple of days to stir up concern among many users on Facebook. It is quite amusing to think that such stories can easily spread online and with people easily believing into them. It took sometime before the story became known as a hoax, even to the point where the bogus news reached the people at Facebook and have to post their own reply on the site concerning the supposed shutdown.

This issue may be something worth studying- how easily rumors can spread out online and be considered as fact, no matter how outrageous they may seem. The World Wide Web truly have opened up the eyes of the world to information and how easily and quickly it can now be spread. But at the same time, it opened the world just how easily such information can easily be manipulated and rumors to spread. It has actually become a double-edged sword, both for the wise and the unwise.


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