[CHEY] Facebook shutdown is a Faux, Hoax,Fake

KUALA LUMPUR – The Internet was abuzz yesterday as rumours spread that the popular social networking site Facebook would be shutting down on March 15. A glance on online trend-tracking system GoogleTrends indicated the rumour started gaining traction yesterday at 4am before peaking seven hours later.

If true, the shutdown could affect some 500 million users worldwide, including some 9.9 million users in Malaysia.

It is unclear where the rumour began, although some publications have attributed it to a widely-linked article posted by US-based news website, the Weekly World News.

The article stated that “users will no longer be able to access their Facebook account” starting March 15, and quoted Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

“Facebook has gotten out of control and the stress of managing this company has ruined my life.”

“I need to put an end to all the madness,” he was reported to have said.

Weekly World News, however, is known for its comedic news spoofs and blatantly false reports, with its recent articles claiming that United States First Lady Michelle Obama was pregnant and that actor George Clooney would be running for president next year.

Facebook representatives have yet to address the rumour. For now, however, it is fairly safe to assume the speculation is a hoax.

The rumour came on the heels of major developments in the industry, with online services corporation Yahoo! announcing last month that it would be shutting down its Yahoo! Video service, also on March 15.

The Facebook corporation’s value is also set to rise to US$50 billion (RM153 billion) following a recent announcement that global investment firm Goldman Sachs and Russia’s Digital Sky Technologies would be investing some US$500 million investment in the social networking giant.

Meanwhile, MySpace.com, another social networking site which has struggled to compete with Facebook’s success, is reported to be planning a massive restructuring project, which would reduce its international workforce to a skeleton staff.


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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 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.

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