Facebook Closed Scam: ‘Shutting Down’ February 29, 30, 31; and March 15 Isn’t Real

February 20, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Facebook is not shutting down, and rumors saying it “will not be accessible February 29, 30, or 31” are obviously not true. Another one saying it will shut down on March 15, 2014, is also fake.

February only has 28 days in a month, and 2014 isn’t a leap year.

The March 15 date–the Ides of March–isn’t true either. The March 15 hoax has appeared annually for for the past few years.

“Dear Facebook members, Facebook is supposed to be closing down March 15th because it is becoming very overpopulated. There have been many members complaining that Facebook is becoming very slow. Records show that there are many active Facebook members and also many new members,” one of the fake messages reads, according to Naked Security.

It added: “We will be sending this message around to see if members are active or not. If you are active please send to 15 other users using copy+paste to show that you are still active. Those who do not send this message within 2 weeks will be deleted without hesitation to make more space. Send this message to all of your friends to show that you are still active and you will not be deleted. Founder of Facebook. Remember to send this to 15 other people so your account wont be deleted.”

There’s no sources and the content of the post doesn’t make any sense. The post also contains poor grammar–a feature of many hoaxes.

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