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Facebook Deleting Inactive Users Hoax – ‘Facebook Overpopulated’

by Brett M. Christensen

This story was first published on December 19, 2007

Outline:
Messages claim that Facebook is becoming overpopulated and that members who do not send the information to others within two weeks will have their accounts deleted.


Brief Analysis:
These warning messages are pointless hoaxes and should be ignored. Facebook is NOT running out of space and your account will NOT be deleted if you do not send on such messages. The warnings are nothing more than newer versions of earlier hoaxes that have targeted a number of other online services, including Hotmail and Yahoo.

Example:
Hi,this is a message from the creator of facebook and it tells you a little bit about what is going to happen to facebook on the 15th of march. Please don’t send this back to the person you received it from. Dear facebook members, Facebook was supposed to be closing down march 15th because it is becoming very overpopulated. There have been many members complaining that Facebook is becoming very slow. Records show that there are many active facebook members. We will be sending this message around to see if members are active or not. If you are active please send to 15 other users using copy+paste to show that you are still active.*Those who do not send this message within 2 weeks will be deleted without hesitation to make more space. Send this message to all you friends to show that you are still active and you will not be deleted. Founder of Facebook… Remember to send this to 15 other people so your account won’t deleted

 

Example:
Hi this is a message from the creator of facebook and it tells you a little bit about what is going to happen to facebook on the 15th of Dec . Please don’t send this back to the person you received it from. Dear facebook members, Facebook is suppose to be closing down it is recently becoming very overpopulated. there have been many members complaining that facebook is becoming very slow. Records show that there are many active facebook members and on the other side, many new members.We will be sending this message around to see if members are active or not. If you are active please send to 25 other users using copy+paste to show that you are still active.*Those who do not send this message within 2 weeks will be deleted without hesitation to make more space.Send this message to all of your friends to show that you are still active and you will not be deleted without hesitation to make more space. Today This coming 11pm,all facebook account will be CUT. This is according from the creator of facebook. All the activities that was being done this time will be delay, SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE.To save you’re facebook accounts, please forward this message to 25 FB users for us to make sure that you are active user of FB. If can’t pass this to 25 users you’re account will1 be cut without any hesitancy.

 

Example:
We must inform you that Facebook is experiencing a slowdown, because of the surplus of active members present. We send this message today to check the activity of the various members of the site. You are requested to transmit this message to 15 other users, using copy-paste in order to prove your activity. If you do not send this message within 2 weeks to follow, you will be automatically removed

 

Example:
There are many complaints that Facebook has become unacceptably slow.The report shows that the reason is that Facebook has a number of non-active members. We want to send this message to see whether you’re active members or not. If you don’t post this message within 2 weeks you’ll… …be …removed in order to get more space. Post this on your wall that you are still active. I AM ACTIVE!!!!!

 

Example:
Facebook have too much members. There are lots of members, whose complain, that facebook is to slowly. The reason for this is, that to much not active members are on facebook.
We send this message, because we want to see, who is active and who is not.If you’re active, send this message to 15 other user (copy + paste) or all of your friends so that we see that you’re an active one.
We delete the members after two weeks whose not send this message to their friends.
Founder of facebook
Mark Zuckerberg

 

Example:

Subject: [Message from Facebook]

Facebook is recently becoming very overpopulated,there have been many members
complaining that Facebook is becoming very slow. Records show that the reason is
that there are too many non-active Facebook members and, on the other side, too
many new Facebook members.

We will be sending this message around to see if members are active or not. If
you are active please send to at least 15 other users using Copy+ Paste to show
that you are still active. Those who do not send this message within 2 weeks
will be deleted without hesitation to create more space.

Send this message to all your friends and to show me that your still active and
you will not be deleted.

Founder of Facebook,
Mark Zuckerberg



Detailed Analysis:
These “warnings”, and others of a similar nature are again circulating via Facebook as well as email, Twitter, and instant messages. Versions of these absurd “Facebook closure” warning messages have been circulating since at least 2007. According to many of the messages, Facebook is becoming overpopulated and inactive users will soon be deleted to create more space. These messages instruct recipients to send the information to others to prove that they are active members or risk having their account “deleted without hesitation”.

However, the information in these messages is complete nonsense and should not be taken seriously. In fact, such messages are just newer incarnations of a long running hoax that has targeted a number of online services, including Hotmail, Yahoo, MSN, Bebo, Orkut and several others.

Any claim that your account with a particular service will be deleted if you do not forward a message to others is certain to be a hoax. No legitimate company is ever likely to conduct business in this manner, least of all a hugely popular and successful entity such as Facebook.

Some online services do have a policy of terminating accounts that have been inactive for a specified period. However, in such cases, the service would almost certainly attempt to contact the user directly to warn of an impending account termination. It is simply absurd to suggest that the service would require its users to send on a particular message to others in order to prove that they are active members. Such services already know if a member is active via login records and other means. They do not require the reposting of a vague and poorly written message to ascertain a member’s level of activity on the network.

Pranksters use this ruse because it is a very successful method of ensuring that a hoax message spreads far and wide. If you receive this message, please do not pass it on to others and let the sender know that the information is untrue. Such hoaxes do nothing more than clutter up our social networks and email inboxes with even more pointless garbage.


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