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Hoax – Mark Zuckerberg Blames Facebook Porn Attack on the Philippines

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

Message purporting to be a statement from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, claims that security experts at Facebook have traced the origin of the recent Facebook pornographic spam attack to the Philippines. It warns that users in the Philippines will be banned from Facebook if they do not stop sending the spam across the network. 

Brief Analysis

The message is an absurd hoax and should not be reposted. Mark Zuckerberg has made no such statement.

Example

The porn attacks originated in the Philippines and are being published by Filipinos all over Facebook, our experts here at Facebook are doing everything they can to stop it from spreading any further (outside the Philippines) and to eliminate the porn and spam threat completely which have been causing other Facebook users ‘a hard time’. Filipinos should also be vigilant and report any spam links and pornographic materials. 41% of Facebook members around the world are aged 12-17 years old, we cannot them be exposed to this kinds of things through Facebook. If this continues and more spams keep being posted, we will have no choice but to ban Philippine users from using Facebook. We at Facebook will not tolerate outlandish behavior and indecency.

-Mark Zuckerberg – CEO of Facebook

Phillipines Porn Attack Facebook hoax

 

Detailed Analysis

This message began circulating soon after the November 2011 Facebook porn attack began to subside. According to the message, which presents itself as a statement from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, security experts have now identified the Philippines as the location where the porn attack originated. The message warns that, if the spam attack should continue, then Facebook will have “no choice” but to ban all users in the Philippines from accessing the network.

However, the claims in the message are utter nonsense and should not be reposted. Mark Zuckerberg has made no such statement. Nor has anyone else from Facebook. There are no credible news reports that support the claims in the message in any way whatsoever.
Media reports do indicate that the team dedicated to investigating the attack has identified those responsible but has not yet named them. At the time of writing, Facebook has not stated where in the world the attackers are located. But, even if some or all of these attackers did happen to be in the Philippines, then Facebook would certainly not be so foolish and discriminatory as to ban the entire nation from using their network. The claim is simply ridiculous.

It is so far unclear where this silly rumour originated. Spreading this nonsense will cause unwarranted concern and alarm among Filipino users as well as add to the general confusion and paranoia regarding the recent attack. It may also cause other users to unfairly lay the blame for the porn attack on the Philippines.

If you receive this message, please do not repost it. And please take a moment to let the sender know that the message is a hoax

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