Hoax

Facebook Video Ads hoax, starring Mark Zuckerberg, continues to spread

A hoax chain letter is being spread across Facebook, between users who believe that the social network is asking their opinion about whether it should implemention video adverts or not.

ALL-CAPS virus scare spreads on Facebook, warning of girl with disfigured face

An alarmist warning has spread across Facebook once again, proving once again that many users are far too willing to pass on warnings without checking their facts with a reputable source.

Justin Bieber has NOT died in a car crash. But Zaphod Beeblebrox might have done

Messages are being spread by breathless fans of Justin Bieber that the pop star has died in a car crash. The posts, which are being shared on Facebook and Twitter, claim to link to a breaking news story.

But with a little tinkering, you can make it Zaphod Beeblebrox who dies instead…

Facebook ‘Graphic App’ privacy warning hoax spreads across social network

Facebook users are getting confused about privacy once again (who can blame them?), and are sharing a warning containing inaccurate advice.

The Priyanka WhatsApp worm scare – where are the facts?

Has any security researcher confirmed the existence of the WhatsApp worm?

Or are journalists basing reports on a single Android blogger’s experience?

Seriously folks, you should know that Facebook warning about a virus *burning* your hard disk is bunk

Facebook users have been sharing a warning about a virus that “burns the entire hard disk”.

It’s nonsense, of course. When will people learn?

Bill Gates offers $5000 for Facebook sharing? It’s just not that funny

Bill Gates may be a billionaire, but if he’s going to splash his cash around he’s got better things to do with it than give it to people who simply share a photo of him on Facebook.

Has Justin Bieber died in a car crash? No. But that doesn’t stop Facebook users spreading the “news”

Get your real news from real news websites. Don’t trust Google or your Facebook friends, as they may be sharing links and stories that simply aren’t true.

Talking Angela iPhone app scare spreads on Facebook

A warning spreads on Facebook about “Talking Angela”, an app that gives your children some animated cat chat.

Malheureusement, it’s all too simple for people to share warnings – rather than check if the facts are true.

Racist “McDonald’s” notice posted on Facebook is designed to generate calls of complaint to KFC

Is a branch of McDonald’s really charging African-Americans an extra $1.50?

Of course not, but thousands of Facebook fans are spreading the story regardless.

Facebook will be closed for maintenance between Feb 29-31 – joke chain letter spreads

Messages have been spreading on Facebook claiming that the social network will be closed between February 29th and February 31st, 2013.

And, of course, it’s kinda true. Don’t try to log in on June 31st either…

Wow. Mickey Rourke has died snowboarding, just like Sylvester Stallone, Jim Carrey, Christian Slater…

Despite what you may have read on the internet, Mickey Rourke has *not* died in a snowboarding accident.

Neil Tennant of Pet Shop Boys has NOT died in a car crash

Facebook and Twitter users of a certain age have got themselves into a dither worrying that Neil Tennant, singer with the Pet Shop Boys, had died in a car crash.

The truth is that Tennant, like other celebrities before him, is the victim of an internet hoax.

My Birthday Calendar warning spreads quickly on Facebook, generating panic

Facebook users are spreading a warning to their friends and family online about a supposedly malicious application called “My birthday calendar”.

But are there real lessons to be learnt about sharing information on Facebook?

Facebook won’t donate money for boy’s life-saving surgery after he saved his sister from rapist. Because it’s a hoax

Seriously – would Facebook really donate 45 cents everytime someone shares a story about a boy saving his six-year-old sister from rape?

Please don’t believe everything you read on Facebook.

Jim Carrey has NOT died in a snowboarding accident, despite what you read on the net

Messages have spread across social networks today claiming that film actor Jim Carrey has been killed in a snowboarding accident.

Of course, it’s nonsense. But there’s an important security lesson for those who believed it.