Facebook denies shutdown rumours
Facebook has moved to quell the truly incredible rumours that the social networking giant planned to shut down in two months’ time.
In a case that highlights the ludicrous speed with which the internet acts as a turbo-charged conduit for baseless rumour, the story emerged after a website famous for stories about Bat Boy published an article saying Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg had grown weary with the celebrity lifestyle.
The satirical site Weekly World News cited a press conference in which it quotes Zuckerberg as saying: “Facebook has gotten out of control and the stress of managing this company has ruined my life. I need to put an end to all the madness.”
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The announcement may have all the hallmarks of complete fiction but the story spread so quickly that Facebook was moved to issue a statement denouncing the news.
“We didn’t get the memo about shutting down, so we’ll keep working away,” the company said, ironically, on its Twitter feed. “We aren’t going anywhere; we’re just getting started.”
This will of course relieve bankers and investors at Goldman Sachs, who last week announced a drive towards $1.5 billion in additional funding for Facebook.