Facebook Closed for Maintenance February 29, 30, 31?

Think about it and you'll know you're being pranked.

Facebook Closed Feb 29 - 31
Netlore Archive: Prank posting says Facebook will be closed for maintenance on the nonexistent dates of Feb. 29th, 30th, and 31st, 2014.. Via Facebook

Have you read a helpful notice that lets you know that Facebook will be closed for maintenance on February 29, 30, and 31? Did you believe if?

Example #1:
As shared on Facebook, Jan. 2, 2014:

FACEBOOK WILL BE CLOSED DOWN & NOT ACCESSIBLE ON FEB 29th, Feb 30th & Feb. 31st. SORRY !!!!!


Example #2:
As shared on Facebook, Feb. 7, 2013:

WARNING!
Facebook will be closed down for maintenance from February 29th to 31st!!. 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.... Tell your friends!! 


Example #3:
As shared on Facebook, Feb. 8, 2013:

Attention !! Facebook sera fermé pour maintenance du 29 au 31 février. Faites passer à vos contacts pour qu'ils soient au courant!!!

How Do We Know This Is a Prank?

It's true that you can't access Facebook on February 29, 30, and 31 but not because it will be "closed." What's the real reason? Because with the exception of leap years the month of February only has 28 days.

Think someone is pulling our legs? Seems likely!

More Facebook Closedown Pranks

For some reason, pranksters think it's particularly funny to spread the fake news that Facebook will be shutting down. For example, a report published on the fake news site NationalReport.net claiming that Facebook will be "shut down for maintenance" for a full week from Jan. 1 to Jan. 8, 2015 was also a hoax.

But those hoaxes pale in comparison to this message which was actually reported on the Facebook Help forum  -- and most likely induced quite a few people to copy and paste!​

Hi, this is a message from the creator of Facebook and it tells you a little bit about what is going to happen to Facebook on the 15th of November. Please don't send this back to the person you received it from. Dear Facebook members, Facebook is supposed to be closing down November 15th because it is becoming very overpopulated.There have been many members complaining that Facebook is becoming very slow. Records show that there are many active Facebook members and also many new members. We will be sending this message around to see if members are active or not. If you are active please send to 15 other users using copy paste to show that you are still active.

See also:
• April 1st Is Internet Cleaning Day
• Leap Year History & Folklore
• Balancing Eggs on the Equinox
• Why Friday the 13th Is Unlucky

Sources and further reading:

No, Facebook Is Not Going Dark on Feb. 29
LiveScience, 6 February 2013

Please Stop Sharing This Idiotic Facebook Shut-Down Hoax
The Daily Dot, 6 February 2013

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Emery, David. "Facebook Closed for Maintenance February 29, 30, 31?" ThoughtCo, Mar. 30, 2017, thoughtco.com/facebook-closed-for-maintenance-hoax-4125493. Emery, David. (2017, March 30). Facebook Closed for Maintenance February 29, 30, 31? Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/facebook-closed-for-maintenance-hoax-4125493 Emery, David. "Facebook Closed for Maintenance February 29, 30, 31?" ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/facebook-closed-for-maintenance-hoax-4125493 (accessed September 25, 2017).