National Report published this post about one month ago, and unsuspecting users of the social network have shared it in the belief that it was a legitimate news story. The post claims that Facebook will launch the Facebook Drug Task Force Oct. 1, and that the FDTF “will be monitoring all postings and messages created by its users,” adding fictitious quotes from Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Drug Enforcement Agency spokesperson Paul Horner.
An “update” to the post is even more ridiculous, claiming that the first two arrests were made under the FDTF program, and that:
Two men were arrested Wednesday and are being arraigned at Menlo Park’s first corporately held jail cell on the grounds of the Facebook headquarters.
And if anyone still believed this was a real story after this (unedited) quote from the “arresting officer,” Facebook police officer Jesse Fitzmaurice, perhaps they should step away from their computers or mobile devices:
It was beautiful. I didn’t have a warrant, but I was pretty sure I heard a young woman inside the house begging for her life, so I immediately entered the residence, which smelt like old pizza boxes and dirty socks, which I can only assume were being used as some sort of Pagonistic Ritual. I saw the two suspects in my scopes, on their Facebooks, socializing with their loser junkie friends, probably talking about how many pounds of reefer they’re gonna inject that day, and then bam! I grabbed those junkies throats and told them they were going to pound town. Two more marijuana addicts off the street.
National Report is also responsible for this post, spreading the hoax that Facebook will begin charging its users $2.99 per month on Nov. 1.
Hoax-Slayer advised Facebook users:
Regrettably, fake news sites have become increasingly common in recent years. It is wise to verify any social media reports that come your way via reputable news sources before sharing them, especially if the reports seem strange or far-fetched.
Readers: Did you or any of your Facebook friends fall for either National Report Facebook story?