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The Facebook Hoax and Why Hoaxes Like This are Still Popular

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Hoaxes have been around for probably centuries in scale of internet time. We’ve seen the never-ending Send-This-to-XX-People chain mail, the infamous Nigerian scam letter, and the recent “Uskup Agung” letter, although I’ve never seen it myself. But recently, Facebook users have been forwarding this:

PERHATIAN!! FACEBOOK BARU -BARU INI TELAH MENJADI SANGAT OVERPOPULATED. TIDAK SEDIKIT ANGGOTA YANG MENGELUH BAHWA FACEBOOK MENJADI SANGAT LAMBAT. CATATAN MENUNJUKAN BAHWA ALASAN YANG ADA DIKARENAKAN BANYAK NON-AKTIF ANGGOTA FACEBOOK. KAMI AKAN MENGIRIMKAN PESAN KESEKITAR UNTUK MELIHAT APAKAH ANGGOTA AKTIF ATAU TIDAK. JIKA ANDA PENGGUNA FACEBOOK YANG AKTIF, SILAKAN MENGIRIMKAN PESAN INI KE 15 PENGGUNA FACEBOOK LAIN

Well, if you’re one of those people who actually believed in this shit, I’m just going to say DON’T YOU KNOW THAT IT IS A FUCKING HOAX? Seriously, since the dawn of the internet I’ve seen this in Friendster, I’ve seen this in Yahoo! Messenger, and hell, I’ve seen this on MSN, which is probably three of the most famous social networks or messengers joined by internet newbies. Don’t you even realize the pattern by now that NONE OF THOSE NETWORKS ACTUALLY CLOSED or THAT YOUR ACCOUNT (AND IN FACT EVERYONE’S ACCOUNT) IS NOT EVEN CLOSED OR SHUT DOWN AS WELL?!?! The reason why hoaxes like this are so popular is because people doesn’t even want to spend a tiny bit of their brain power to analyze that this is entirely a hoax.

Seriously, people, you should stop forwarding scam letters, chain mails, or whatever the fuck it is. It’s STUPID. SERIOUSLY STUPID.

And I’m gonna do you a favor in case you’re just lazy enough to use a search engine and find out if hoaxes are ACTUALLY hoaxes. Knock yourselves out!

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