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

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...

Wow. Mickey Rourke has died in a snowboarding accident, just like Sylvester Stallone, Jim Carrey and Christian Slater

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

Security team fails to check logs, lets man goof off by outsourcing own job for years

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A Naked Security reader with an eye for amusement yesterday pointed out a little beauty of a security story: man outources own job, goofs off reading LOLcats all day.

Thing is, do you believe it? Or is the story testing you?

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

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

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

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

Jim Carrey has NOT died in a snowboarding accident

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.

US Election voting booth hoax spreads on Facebook

US Election voting booth hoax spreads on Facebook

Facebook users are mistakenly sharing a warning with each other about how to behave in voting booths during today's elections for the American presidency.

Facebook price grid hoax panics users into sharing message

Facebook price grid hoax panics users into sharing message

The kindness of friends is helping perpetuate an ongoing hoax that has spread widely across Facebook.

If you've seen such a message, posted by one of your Facebook friends, do them and the other billion users of Facebook a favour, and tell them that it's a hoax.

Why you shouldn't forward the "Invitation FACEBOOK - Olympic Torch" chain letter

Why you shouldn't forward the "Invitation FACEBOOK - Olympic Torch" chain letter

You shouldn't forward chain letters even if they're true. You definitely shouldn't forward them if they're false.

And the latest false warning doing the rounds is a perennial hoax - the so-called Invitation FACEBOOK/Olympic Torch virus warning.

Gotye is NOT dead, despite what you may read on CNN iReport

Gotye is NOT dead, despite what you may read on CNN iReport

Twitter was all a flutter this weekend with users reacting to the alleged death of music star Gotye.

And although the news appeared on a CNN website - it doesn't mean you should believe it.

Vanilla Ice 'dies in a car crash' - hoax spreads on Facebook

Vanilla Ice 'dies in a car crash' - hoax spreads on Facebook

Has Vanilla Ice really died in a car crash?

After all, plenty of people have been sharing the news on Facebook in the last 24 hours - so it must be true, mustn't it?

Facebook privacy notice chain letter is a hoax

Facebook privacy notice chain letter is a hoax

Facebook users have been spreading a chain letter recommending that their friends post a notice to their walls prohibiting Facebook and the US government from using their content. It is a chain letter/hoax and has no legal merits.

Strawberry Quick Meth scare spreads widely via Facebook

Strawberry Quick Meth scare spreads widely via Facebook

Facebook users are sharing messages warning that children are being targeted with strawberry-flavoured crystal meth.

But is there any truth in the widespread warning?

Sigh.. no, Facebook is not ending on March 15th 2012. Hoax spreads quickly

Sigh.. no, Facebook is not ending on March 15th 2012

Facebook is to end on March 15 2012, claims the Weekly World News... and many Facebook users seem to believe it.

'New Way Gangs Steal, Rape and Kidnap Girls' hoax spreads on Facebook

'New Way Gangs to Steal, Rape and Kidnap Girls' hoax spreads on Facebook

Facebook users are innocently sharing advice with their online friends about how women can avoid being kidnapped and raped, not realising that they are perpetuating a hoax.

Will Twitter donate $1 for every retweet about baby with cancer? No. It's a hoax

Will Twitter will donate $1 for every retweet about baby with cancer? No. It's a hoax

Tens of thousands of Twitter users have been tricked into retweeting a message claiming that Twitter will donate $1 per retweet to a baby needing treatment for cancer.

Of course, it's a hoax.

Baby cancer and heart transplant hoaxes on Facebook

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Facebook is a fertile breeding ground for hoaxes, spam and chain letters.

Adam Ant is NOT dead - despite what you may have read on the net

Adam Ant is NOT dead - despite what you may have read on the net

Has 1980s pop star Adam Ant really been killed in a jet ski crash?

If you believe everything you read on Twitter and Facebook, you might think that it's true. Learn to be more skeptical, and don't trust everything you read on the net.

Don't fall for the Recovering American Soldier hoax

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A message spreads on Facebook telling you how you can send a Christmas card to an anonymous American soldier - but all is not what it seems.