A warning is circulating Facebook that advises users to not accept a friend request from a user called “Williams Sarah” because she will report and remove your Facebook account.
An example of the warning can be seen below –
There is a Williams Sarah don’t accept her request she works for facebook she will report you and remove your account she is a fake account pass this on to everyone you know to save their account to
The warning is essentially a demonstration that some Facebook users are willing to share any type of nonsensical warning as long as it asks them to pass it on to their friends.
Even the most techno-phobic Facebook user should surely realise that this warning makes no sense whatsoever.
For instance, take the claims made by the warning, which asserts the user “Williams Sarah” …
…works for Facebook
… will report you to Facebook should you add her
… will remove your Facebook account should you add her
… is a fake account
The warning fails to explain the reasoning behind these various (and seemingly contradictory) claims. For example, why would an account working for Facebook need to report you to Facebook? Why would someone who works for Facebook remove your account just for accepting a friend request? How can it be a fake account if the person behind it works for Facebook?
Sadly, we live in a world where Facebook users will suspend any reasoning and common sense when it comes to passing on social media warnings, and as such they continue to add to the quagmire of pointless misinformation that disseminates across social media every single day. Yes we do recommend not accepting friend requests from strangers (find out why here) but passing on silly messages like this helps no one.
This warning is a silly, illogical hoax that makes no sense. We ask Facebook users to perhaps point a somewhat sceptical finger at these baseless warnings the next time they happen to encounter them to see if the claims made in the warning actually add up. We recommend doing this so we can all help stop populating the Internet with nonsense.
But users could also stop spreading these hoaxes for no other reason than they make them look extremely gullible.