Oops, Saudi King Hasn't Offered $150B To Buy Facebook

The joke’s on the blogosphere: Numerous bloggers missed the humorous intent of a DawnWires post claiming Saudi Arabia‘s King Abdullah offered $150 billion to acquire Facebook, even though the article appeared in a category entitled “LoL News.”

Even local news outlets picked up on the meme and wrote that Facebook’s Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg may turn down the offer of $150 billion but possibly hold out for $500 billion. Perhaps if the original story might not have had as much recirculation if it first appeared on a weekday, when more people would be able 0to fact check the claim. One tip-off: the original post said Goldman Sach was advising King Abdullah, which would be a conflict of interest for the bank.

Readers, what do you think about how this joke story circulated online?

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