Facebook ID Photocopy Post is Fake: Not Requiring Identification, Driver’s License; Delete Warning is a Hoax

March 7, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

A fake viral Facebook post from CEO Mark Zuckerberg is saying that users have to send the company a copy their driver’s license or photo identification, but it isn’t real.

It reads: “Important facebook announcement Effective March 31 2014. Facebook will be requiring all users to send in a photocopy of their drivers license/personal id. to verify their identity.”

The fake post adds: “All users who fail to do so will have their accounts deleted. Users whose account names do not match the name on their id will be deleted as well. Here at facebook we are committed to the safety and security of all of our users. We hope that you will understand and look forward to your compliance as we work to make facebook the safest social network site available.”

The post then “sincerely” claims it’s from Zuckerberg.

However, this isn’t true and if it were, Facebook would make an announcement through an official channel, company blog, or another official means.

The post contains a number of grammatical and punctuation mistakes, including saying “drivers license” instead of “driver’s” license–which are hallmarks of hoaxes.

“The message is just a hoax, yet another entry in a series of similar japes proclaiming that Facebook is launching a ‘no swearing’ campaign or a no marijuana campaign,” reads a post from Snopes.com, a hoax-debunking website.