- 1.09.11 - 4:00PM
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- Nick Douglas
Facebook Is Not Shutting Down on March 15th. That's Stupid and You Should Feel Stupid.
There's a microsite that says Facebook is shutting down on March 15th. "In order to read the truth about why Facebook is shutting down," it says, "you must first click on the 'Like' button below. You will be able to immediately read it afterward!"
I clicked "Like." Nothing happens. Well, you "like" the story on Facebook, which helps this stupid little meme spread, but you get no further information. The site's front page just says "Sorry, nothing here..."
The term "Facebook shutting down March 15" is now one of the weekend's top Google searches, and the rumor has spread around Twitter and Tumblr. Thousands of people seem to actually believe this!
Facebook is, of course, not shutting down. Gigantic companies tend not to do so without a good, widely anticipated reason. And Facebook recently took a $50 million investment from Goldman Sachs. They're hard at work and not about to quit.
The rumor probably started with a Weekly World News piece claiming that Mark Zuckerberg was stressed out by running the giant company. They wrote that Zuck said, "Without Facebook, people will have to go outside and make real friends. That's always a good thing."
The Weekly World News is a tabloid (a satire site), by the way. Regular readers, you guys are smart enough to know this.
But to anyone who got here by searching "Is Facebook shutting down?"
No. It's not. That's stupid. You, up to this point, were stupid. But now you are smart! Go pass this on! Stop being stupid and be awesome!
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