After Nolan Daniels posted a photo of himself holding a Photoshopped winning lottery ticket, offering to give some of the riches to one person who shared the picture, more than 2 million people on Facebook bought into a hoax. While it was primarily a social experiment, Daniels wrote on The Huffington Post that he’s now trying to use this power for good.
Not long after the initial shocked reaction in the wake of a deadly mass-shooting Friday in Connecticut, several Facebook users posted a statement from actor Morgan Freeman, pleading with the media to stop using the shooter’s name. While the sentiment is heartfelt and valid, it apparently did not come from Freeman.
Facebook has deactivated a fake profile page impersonating as Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.
A Facebook status update claiming that Zynga is giving away farm cash worth $50 for free is simply not true.
In the latest installment of “Watch your most beloved/hated pop star do nasty things by clicking on this Facebook link!”, an alleged Miley Cyrus sex tape is circulating on Facebook, but the whole thing is (surprise!) a scam.
Yesterday we reported on a Facebook screenshot that replaced the Advertising tab to read as the “Lying” tab. We initially thought the screen shot may have been a hoax because of the tab’s alignment, but later learned that the screen shot wasn’t altered. What we didn’t learn yesterday, however, is what Facebook had to say about it.
In the face of having a serious and ongoing issue with the public perception of its ad network, Facebook has revealed today that the word “Lying” appeared as a result of its language translation application, reports TechCrunch. This was, in fact, an English to English auto-translation that managed to allow the word lying to replace the advertising tab in certain regions.
Update: upon further review, it looks like this prank may have taken place but we can’t confirm this. There are other images that don’t have the same issue we’ve found with this particular screen shot, but we’re unable to confirm whether they were modified as well. The slant of the articles covering the issues makes it difficult to determine whether or not this is accurate. Have you seen similar issues take place?
A prank reportedly pulled by a disgruntled Facebook employee got the attention of TechCrunch UK writer Mike Butcher. When he was tipped off that someone working at Facebook had hacked the system and changed the Advertising tab to read “Lying,” Butcher questioned Facebook’s ability to keep employees happy as well as the company’s ability to prevent such security breeches. But a closer look at the image sent by the Facebook tipster leads us to believe the whole thing was a hoax.