06/09/10 - Article No: 897

Facebook is Overpopulated / Slow and is Removing Idle Accounts? - Facebook Rumour

Other Keywords: Facebook Overpopulated hoax, Facebook deleting inactive / idle accounts, facebook is unacceptably slow

There are many complaints that Facebook has become unacceptably slow.The report showsthat the reason is that Facebook has a number of non-activemembers. Wewant to send this message to see whether you are active members or not.If you dont post this message within 2weeks youll be removed in...order to get more space. Post on your wall that you are still active,and that you do not want to be removed


Like all free to use Internet services, Facebook has inevitably fallen foul to the "overpopulated" variant of hoaxes which all claim that Facebook has become so overpopulated with idle accounts that they are requested their users forward a completely inane message in order to "save your account."

Hotmail, Yahoo, AOL, Live Messenger and many, many other services have all seen their own variants of this persistant hoax and it never proves to be even remotely true.

Of course this hoax falls foul to one basic aspect of common sense - companies like Facebook have much more accurate and less intrusive methods of detecting which accounts are being used and which are not, so if they ever did want to remove idle accounts, a simple implementation of computer code will allow them to see that last time someone logged into their account. So sending out silly, time wasting messages and trying to get their users to forward it would be utterly pointless. Any rumour or message that circulates claiming you must forward it to save your account can be easily dismissed as a hoax.

Other variants circulating include -

Since Facebook has recently become very popular, has become the many complaints that Facebook has become complaints that Facebook has become unacceptably slow. The report shows that the reason is that Facebook has a number of non-active members and, secondly, many new Facebook members. We want to send this message to see whether youre active members or not. If youre active, please send this message to at least 15 users. Use the "Copy - Cut and Paste" to show that you are still active. Those who do not send this message within 2 weeks in, will be removed in order to get more space. Send this message to your friends to show me that you are still active, and do not want to be removed. message to your friends to show me tha you are still active, and do not want to be removed

Facebook founder
Mark Zuckerberg


Please dont send this back to the person you received it from. Dear Facebook Members, Facebook is recently becoming very overpopulated. There have been many members complaining that Facebook is becoming very slow. Records show that the reason is that there are many active Facebook members and, on the other side, many ...new Facebook members. We will be sending this message around to see if members are active or not. If you are active please send to at least 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 create more space.* Send this message to all your friends and to show me that your still active and you will not be deleted. Founder of Facebook,Mark Zuckerberg
collected March 2012

Hi, everyone, 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 dont 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 two weeks will be deleted without hesitation to make more space. Send this message to all 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.
collected December 2012





Social media and the Internet is rife with rumour, misinformation, propaganda and untruth. It is like this because people can be irresponsible with what information they choose to share.

Our community works hard to try and debunk and assist in as many cases as possible, as well as teach people how to share responsibly. We believe it is important that anyone who uses the Internet be able to identify false rumours and fully understands the possible consequences of spreading false information.

If you are interested in this, feel free to read our two-part blog. Part 1 deals with how to spot and debunk Internet rumours and Part 2 deals with the reasons why you should never circulate false information.

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