Warning: You Are in Violation

ATTENTION FAMILY AND FRIENDS – READ THIS AND THEN RE-COPY IT TO YOUR OWN STATUS ……TO GET THE WORD OUT: If you get a notification that says a friend reported you to Facebook for being offensive or in violation of… terms of service, do NOT click it. It’s a virus. Please post this on your own site for your friends – BEWARE… – IT’S A STRONG VIRUS

This is an interesting email that has been floating through Facebook for a few years. It was originally created in 2009. At the time, though, it wasn’t a hoax at all. There was legitimately a rogue app that was giving Facebook users a virus. That app, however, didn’t last very long. It was quickly shut down by Facebook.

Today, though, the notice continues to circulate long after the viruses has been squashed. Is it fair to call this a hoax?

I think that it’s fair to call this a hoax because it spreads misinformation. The people spreading the messages are essentially falling for the same thing as those spreading scam messages: they haven’t done even the slightest bit of research before throwing a load of bull on their friends’ walls.

What should you do if you get this message? It’s OK to ignore it. If you want, you can respond to the person who posted it just to let them know that threat passed… a few years ago. Seriously, people, it’s like sending out a tornado warning during December because someone spotted a funnel cloud last May.

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~ by facebookhoaxes on May 26, 2011.

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