According to a rather strange little rumour that is currently gathering momentum on Facebook, the French flag colours overlay that many people are currently using for their profile pictures is a virus.
However, the overlay is certainly not a virus and is in no way malicious. The overlay is simply a way to show solidarity with France and the people of Paris after the recent terrorist attack in that nation.
Facebook now offers the option to temporarily change your profile picture to support a cause or even your sports team. The change places an overlay over your normal profile picture and you have the option of specifying how long the change will remain:
When a friend changes his or her profile pic to show the French flag colours overlay, news of the change will appear on your feed. If the temporary profile change option is available to you, you may see a ‘Try It’ button on the bottom of the profile change post:
The option may not be available to all Facebook users at this time.
It is unclear how the ‘virus’ rumour started. Perhaps, because so many Facebook users changed to the overlay so quickly, some people suspected that the change was somehow being spread by a virus. But, to reiterate, the overlay is not a virus and is completely harmless.
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!