Fear not, Facebook users: Starting March 20, you are still more than welcome to discuss religion or use profanity to your heart’s content, although you may want to be careful about the second if you’re looking for a job or have younger users on your friends lists.
Sophos’ Naked Security blog reported on two similar hoaxes that have been spreading around the social network, with one threatening to lock the accounts of users who are “caught spreading religious beliefs in any form” starting March 20, and the second warning of the same consequences for swearing.
Neither hoax appears to be harmful, other than in a nuisance sort of way, and both contain glaring grammatical and spelling errors, such as “Mark Zukerberg” (Facebook’s Co-Founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, would probably prefer to keep the “c” in his name), and “Campain” (with Facebook’s recent revamp of its ad campaign structure, we will give the social network the benefit of the doubt when it comes to knowing how to spell “campaign”).
As Naked Security also pointed out, while Facebook may be a regular part of the lives of some 1.23 billion monthly active users, it has no power to set laws.
According to Naked Security, the “no religion” hoax reads (unedited):
No religion campaign
As of March 20/2014, we at Facebook will be launching a “No Religion” Campaign. Anyone caught spreading religious beliefs in any form will have their account locked, and further pending investigations may be held.
This due to the new laws issued by our legal department (section 182 P34b) as new advertisers and groups have petitioned for a “more logical” and “adult” social network.
If a user(you) continues to spread any form of religious propaganda will be shut down and a permanent ban will be placed into effect, immediately.
– Mark Zukerberg
Similarly, the “no profanity” hoax reads (unedited):
No Swearing Campaign
As of March 20/2014 we at facebook will be launching a “No Swearing” Campaign, Anyone caught using profanity will have their account locked further a pending investigation.
This due to the new laws issued by our legal department (section 182 P34b) as new advertisers have petitioned for a “cleaner” family friendly social network.
If a user continues to use profanity the account will be shut down and a permanent ban will be placed into effect immediately.
– Mark Zuckerberg
Readers: Have you seen either of these in your News Feeds?
Screenshots courtesy of Naked Security.