Facebook users, repeat after us: “30 days hath September, April, June, and November. All the rest have 31, excepting February alone, and that has 28 days clear, and 29 in each leap year.” Keep that traditional limerick in mind if you receive a message on the social network saying that Facebook will be closed for maintenance from Feb. 29 through 31.
Sophos’ Naked Security blog reported that messages have been spreading over the social network claiming that it will be shut down during those nonexistent days, and unobservant users have been sharing them as fact.
According to Naked Security, most of the messages are in French, but an English version is also making the rounds, and it reads (unedited):
WARNING!! Facebook will be closed for maintenance from February 29th to 31st!! Facebook wants YOU to Share this message with at least 15 of your friends for the best chance of alerting everyone. Many people will try to log in from February 29 to 31, just to find the site closed down for those days with no warning
According to Naked Security, there is no evidence that the messages contain any risk of malware, with the biggest issues being wasting users’ time and subjecting those who pass the message along to ridicule for not suspecting something fishy upon seeing the date Feb. 31.
Readers: Have you seen any of these messages?
Screen grab courtesy of Naked Security. February 2013 calendar image courtesy of Shutterstock.