Various posts circulating on Facebook are claiming that, if you type ‘#177’ into a comment and a green line appears, it means that you have been hacked. Some of the posts include a screenshot that appears to show that the test actually works.
The claim is just a silly prank. Entering #177 is certainly not a valid way to check if your Facebook account has been hacked. If you enter ‘#177’, nothing but ‘#177’ will appear, even if you HAVE been hacked. But, some pranksters have apparently posted images of green bars in comments as a way of tricking their friends into believing that the test actually works. The image that circulates with the posts is a screenshot depicting these prank comments.
Comment #177 and if that green line shows up you’ve been hacked before!💯 tag friends see if they have 🙌🏻” underneath
Various messages currently zooming around the interwebs via social media claim that you can see if your Facebook account has been hacked just by entering the code ‘#177’ as a Facebook comment. If you’ve been hacked, claim the messages, a green line will appear as the comment. Some versions of the message include a screenshot (see above) that appears to show the hacking test in action. The screenshot displays a series of comments, some of which show ‘#177’ while others show a green bar.
However, the supposed hacking test – and the screenshot that ‘proves’ it – is just a prank. If you enter ‘#177’ into a comment you’ll get – you guessed it – ‘#177’. Even if your account has been hacked, entering #177 will still only display #177.
Of course, it is simply nonsense to suggest that entering that code will somehow magically display a green line if and only if intruders have clandestinely accessed your Facebook account. If only life was that simple.
For the record, 177 is the # Hex colour code for a shade of green.
Last updated: March 16, 2016
First published: March 16, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen
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