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Absurd ‘Servers Very Busy’ Hoax Circulating Rapidly After Facebook Outage

by Brett M. Christensen

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According to this message, Facebook’s servers have been very busy lately and the company is asking users to help by sharing the same message to everyone on their contact list.

Supposedly, you must share the message to confirm that you are an active user or your account will become inactive and you will lose all of your contacts.

However, the claims in the message are utter nonsense. Facebook will certainly not make your account inactive just because you haven’t passed on a silly message.
It is just a Facebook version of a hoax that has circulated in various forms for decades and targetted several different online companies.

It appears that the hoax is being fueled by a March 2019 Facebook outage in which many users around the world were unable to access Facebook or Instagram.

At the time of writing, Facebook has not released details on the exact cause of the outage. However, you can rest assured that sending on an absurd hoax message will do nothing to help the situation.

If this hoax crosses your news feed, do not share it. And let the sender know that the claims in the message are untrue.

An example of the hoax message:

This message is to inform all our users that our servers have been very busy lately, so we ask you to help solve this problem. We ask active users to forward this message to everyone on their contact list to confirm active Facebook users if they do not send this message to all their Facebook contacts, and their account will remain inactive with the result of losing all their contacts Move this message. Your smartphone will be updated in the next 24 hours and will have a new design and a new color to chat. Dear Facebook users, we will update to Facebook starting at 23:00 pm. Until 5:00 am of this day. If you do not send it to all your contacts, the update will be canceled and you will not have the possibility to chat with your Facebook messages


Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer