New Facebook hoax and the truth

There are so many Facebook hoax that you might have heard of, and probably have been deceived before.

Here are some of the recent Facebook Hoax and the truth you need to know about them.


1. “Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, invented the word BFF, to make sure your account is safe on Facebook. Type BFF in a comment. If it appears green, your account is protected. If it does not appear in green, change your password immediately because it may be hacked by someone.”

2. “Accepting a friend request from a stranger will provide hackers with access to your computer and online accounts.”

This is another hoax. Hackers cannot have access to your computer or even online accounts by merely accepting their friendship request.


3. “If you go into your ACCOUNT SETTINGS then to BLOCKING (on left side of screen), then in the BLOCKED USERS search bar type in “following me” without the quotes, you might be startled by who is following you.

Unfortunately you have to block them 1 at a time, which is annoying. I had 20 in the list and knew none of them. I blocked all of them. You might share or copy/paste if you found this helpful.”

The hoax is true in one respect: a string of people do show up if you search ‘following me’, but they are not vicious stalkers. Rather they are the victims of a strange quirk of Facebook’s search function.

These users show up because their information – including nicknames, about Me sections and employment – most closely match the terms ‘following’ and ‘me’.


4. “Facebook has changed its algorithms so that your news feed will be limited to only 26 (or, in some versions, 25) friends. The hoax message urges you to reply with a “hi” or an emoji so that your posts will continue to appear in the sender’s news feed. It also invites you to pass the message along if you don’t want your own news feed limited to only 26 (or 25) friends.”

None of this is true. Facebook rank News Feed based on how relevant each post might be to you.

Also, while Facebook has made some updates that could increase the number of posts you see from your friends, your News Feed isn’t limited to 25 of them.


5. “Facebook will start charging for services.”

This is not true. Facebook is a free site and will never require that you pay to continue using the site.

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