Facebook Closing Down March 15th?

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As shared on Facebook, Jan. 6, 2014:

Facebook Closing March 15th
Netlore Archive: Viral post claims Facebook is closing down on March 15th due to overpopulation and instructs members to share the post to show they're still active.. Via Facebook

Description: Facebook hoax
Circulating since: Jan. 2014 (this version)
Status: FALSE (see details below)

Full text: As shared on Facebook, Jan. 6, 2014:

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 March. Please don't send this back to the person you received it from. Dear Facebook members, Facebook is supposed to be closing down March 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. *Those who do not send this message within 2 weeks will be deleted without hesitation to make more space. Send this message to all of your friends to show that you are still active and you will not be deleted. Founder of Facebook. Remember to send this to 15 other people so your account wont be deleted


Analysis: In progress. . .

See also:
Facebook Closed for Maintenance Feb. 29, 30, 31
 


Further reading:

Watch Out! Facebook Is NOT Closing in March - Please Don't Spread the Hoax!
Sophos Naked Security, 6 January 2014

Facebook Shutting Down Hoax Resurfaces, Inexplicably
WebProNews, 7 January 2014


Last updated 01/07/14