4 Absurd Hoaxes That Keep Going Viral On Facebook

Facebook hoaxes come and go, often quite rapidly. Others keep reappearing over and over again. Endlessly. Here we list four utterly absurd hoaxes that keep coming back every few months or so. Despite thorough debunking, these silly hoaxes somehow manage to fool a great many Facebook users each and every time they reappear. Which may leave the rest of us face palming in frustration.

1: Completely Pointless and Misleading ‘Facebook Privacy Notice’

Outline:
Message circulating on Facebook advises users to publish a ‘Privacy Statement’ as a means of stopping the public use of material they post on the network.

Brief Analysis
The message is utter nonsense. The supposed “Privacy Notice” has no legal standing of any kind and posting it on Facebook will do nothing whatsoever to protect the privacy of users. Reposting this message will do nothing other than spread misinformation and clutter Facebook with even more pointless garbage.

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2: HOAX – ‘Facebook To Start Charging to Keep Your Posts Private’

Outline:
According to a post going viral on Facebook, from tomorrow, Facebook users will have to start paying a fee to keep their status set to private.

Brief Analysis:
There is not even a minuscule thread of truth in this absurd piece of Facebook driven flotsam. The message is just one more variant in a long line of ridiculous hoaxes that have claimed that Facebook will start charging if users did not repost a message.

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3: Useless ‘He/She Arises Between The Comments’ Facebook Hack Warning

Outline:
Circulating message warns that there is a ‘new hack on Facebook’ in which the perpetrators ‘arise’ between comments and are thus able to post offensive material that looks like it came from you.

Brief Analysis:
The message is so garbled and misleading that it has no value whatsoever as a security warning and will likely just mislead and confuse Facebook users.

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4: Becoming a Father or Mother Facebook Group Pedophile Warning Hoax

Outline
Message circulating on Facebook warns users not to join the group titled “becoming a father or mother was the greatest gift of my life” because it is operated by a group of pedophiles intent on accessing your Facebook photographs.

Brief Analysis
This warning is meaningless. There is no Facebook group like the one described in the message. Several groups using the same or very similar names have been created, but only in response to this warning message. These are not pedophile groups but simply poor taste prank groups designed to capitalise on the reaction caused by the original warning message. Posting this warning to other Facebook users is utterly pointless.

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