According to a post that is currently circulating rapidly on Facebook, you can check the security status of your Facebook account just by typing the letters “BFF” as a comment.
The message claims that your Facebook account is protected if BFF appears green in your comment. But, warns the message, if BFF does not turn green, your account is not safe and you should change your password immediately to stop your account being hacked.
The post also claims that BFF was invented by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg himself.
However, the claims in the message are utter nonsense. Entering “BFF” in a Facebook comment is not a valid way of checking your account security. “BFF” is simply an initialism for the phrase “Best Friends Forever”.
Depending on your Facebook setting and the device you are using, BFF may indeed turn green after you enter it in a Facebook comment.
However, the green colour is nothing to do with the account’s security status. Instead, the colour just indicates that BFF is one of Facebook’s many text animations.
BFF activates the “dancing hands” animation. When triggered, the animation depicts two hands moving from the bottom of the screen and performing a high five.
If “BFF” does not turn green for you, it just means your Facebook setttings are not configured to show the text colour or animation. The device you are using to access Facebook may also determine if the colour and animation are displayed. But, the lack of green certainly does not indicate that your account is vulnerable to hackers.
And, for the record, the claim that Mark Zuckerberg invented the term BFF is also nonsense. According to the New Oxford American Dictionary, the term has been in use since 1996. Mark was only a child at that time and, in those pre-Facebook days, was certainly not in a position to make a particular term wildly popular on the interwebs, even if he did invent one.
Here’s an example of the hoax message:
Hackers are on the rise. Protect your account and your identity.
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, invented the word BFF. To make sure your account is safe on Facebook, type BFF in a comment. If it appears green, your account is protected. If it does not appear green, change your password immediately because it will be hacked.
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!