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.

Facebook denies shutdown rumours

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.”

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.

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