On April 1, 2018 filmmaker Andrew Oleck published a rather clever satirical video that supposedly shows Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announcing that he will be closing Facebook down for good.
The video, titled “A World Without Facebook”, appears to show Zuckerberg discussing his concerns about the negative impact of Facebook on people’s lives and declaring that he will be deleting Facebook in order to deal with these concerns once and for all.
Of course, Mark Zuckerberg is not really deleting Facebook and the video does not really show him making such an announcement.
In fact, even a cursory viewing of the video quickly reveals it’s satirical nature. The too large lips, the “not quite Zuck” cadence of the speaking voice, and the decidedly tongue-in-cheek commentary and footage will immediately raise red flags among more discerning viewers. Not to mention the April 1 release date.
And, the clear disclaimer at the end of the video should remove any remaining doubt as to the video’s veracity:
Both the voice and lips belong to Andrew Oleck rather than Mark Zuckerberg. Oleck created his video using footage from a genuine announcement from Mark Zuckerberg concerning Russian election interference.
But, amazingly, a large number of people apparently take the video at face value and really believe that Zuckerberg is set to hit the delete button on his billion dollar business. Several months on, we continue to field enquiries from concerned users who think they may be about to lose their beloved Facebook.
Perhaps for some, taking the video seriously is just down to wishful thinking and pleasant daydreaming.
Importance NoticeAfter 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 YouI 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 DateHoax-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!