Re: Shocking: Facebook to Shut Down On March 15

Okay, if they say it's false, where are the quotes from Zuckerberg or other top 
Facebook executives to back up their claim?  Maybe it's false, maybe it's not.

Gerald 


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Mike Mote 
  To: jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Thursday, January 13, 2011 4:37 PM
  Subject: Re: Shocking: Facebook to Shut Down On March 15


  Snopes.com says it's false.  
    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: Gerald Levy 
    To: JFW list 
    Sent: Thursday, January 13, 2011 4:16 PM
    Subject: Shocking: Facebook to Shut Down On March 15



    At first I thought this was some kind of practical joke, but it sure sounds 
real.  Read it and weep:

    PALO ALTO, CA -Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook will be shut
    down in March.
    Managing the site has become too stressful.
    "Facebook has gotten out of control," said Zuckerberg in a press
    conference outside
    his Palo Alto office, "and the stress of managing this company has
    ruined my life.
    I need to put an end to all the madness."
    Zuckerberg went on to explain that starting March 15th, users will no
    longer be able
    to access their Facebook accounts.
    "After March 15th the whole website shuts down," said Avrat Humarthi,
    Vice President
    of Technical Affairs at Facebook. "So if you ever want to see your
    pictures again,
    I recommend you take them off the internet. You won't be able to get
    them back once
    Facebook goes out of business."
    Zuckerberg said that the decision to shut down Facebook was difficult,
    but that he
    does not think people will be upset.
    "I personally don't think it's a big deal," he said in a private phone
    interview.
    "And to be honest, I think it's for the better. Without Facebook,
    people will have
    to go outside and make real friends. That's always a good thing."
    Some Facebook users were furious upon hearing the shocking news.
    "What am I going to do without Facebook?" said Denise Bradshaw, a high
    school student
    from Indiana. "My life revolves around it. I'm on Facebook at least 10
    hours a day.
    Now what am I going to do with all that free time?"
    However, parents across the country have been experiencing a long
    anticipated sense
    of relief.
    "I'm glad the Facebook nightmare is over," said Jon Guttari, a single
    parent from
    Detroit. "Now my teenager's face won't be glued to a computer screen
    all day. Maybe
    I can even have a conversation with her."
    Those in the financial circuit are criticizing Zuckerberg for walking
    away from a
    multibillion dollar franchise. Facebook is currently ranked as one of
    the wealthiest
    businesses in the world, with economists estimating its value at
    around 7.9 billion.
    But Zuckerberg remains unruffled by these accusations. He says he will
    stand by his
    decision to give Facebook the axe.
    "I don't care about the money," said Zuckerberg. "I just want my old
    life back."
    The Facebook Corporation suggests that users remove all of their
    personal information
    from the website before March 15th. After that date, all photos,
    notes, links, and
    videos will be permanently erased.




    Gerald 

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