Rumors of ‘Facebook ending’ led to ‘Is Facebook shutting down’ questions earlier on Saturday, and yet hours later, the rumors still have a stranglehold on the internet. It is horrible that people can start rumors like these and take advantage of internet users that are just trying to find real information on the internet. The problem is that when rumors like this are created, the originator often tries to present a make-believe fact to make the rumors seem more like fact than a constructed premise.
Rest assured fans and users of Facebook, the most visited web site in the country isn’t going anywhere right now. It doesn’t matter how many people are posting to your Twitter page or your Facebook page that they have heard about Facebook ending or Facebook shutting down, it isn’t happening in the foreseeable future. Maybe you should focus on the fact that no major outlet is reporting it, your regularly scheduled television programs weren’t interrupted to tell you this, and your Facebook account is still working as well as it always has.
Facebook is far too profitable to be shut down, the user levels are higher than they have ever been, and Facebook still hasn’t been sold off to the highest bidder yet. Someone started the rumor, possibly as a joke, that Facebook would be shutting down on March 15, 2011, and too many people fell prey to it right away. It’s hard to blame someone for falling victim to an internet rumor, especially one that would affect so many people, but it is also a good lesson in double-checking your facts before you try to impress them upon all of the friends and family you have on your personal pages and e-mail accounts.
We tried to dispel some of the rumors earlier in the evening, but it has become clear that there are still internet users intent on making sure this rumor doesn’t slow down. That is a real shame too, because this is a rumor that is still convincing internet users that Facebook is indeed going to shut down on March 15th. It is very similar to some of the celebrity death rumors that have been spread around the internet recently, including the fake deaths of Eminem and Lady Gaga just to name a few. The unfortunate aspect of this whole thing is that the rumors are going to still be created by someone trying to take advantage of others, and that this won’t be the final false rumor we see on the internet.
Hopefully this latest rumor finally convinces people of the important of finding a source to a story before running with the information. We saw how well that worked when NPR stated that a Congresswoman from Arizona had been killed.