Rumours of Facebook Charging $2.99 a Month a Hoax

“Facebook To Begin Charging Users $2.99/mo Starting November 1st” says the headline that has many Facebook users in a tizzy. So is it true that Facebook is going to start charging $2.99? No! That headline, and the article that appeared under it, were written and published on the National Report website, which is a satirical website similar to the Onion. So, put another way, imagine the Onion printing an article about Facebook to begin charging – how seriously would you take it?

Talking Angela Facebook Message is a Hoax But There are Real Concerns

If you’ve seen the warnings on Facebook, you may be wondering “Is the Talking Angela app safe?” The Talking Angela app is basically safe for children, despite the revival of the Internet hoax chain letter on Facebook that is making the rounds. The post which is being shared around Facebook begins with “I cant even in words say what I just found out.. I am SHOCKED…” and goes on to tell how Talking Angela was caught asking their child inappropriate questions.

Facebook Privacy Hoax Lulls Users Into False Sense of Security by Using Facebook Status to Declare Copyright on Contents of Their Facebook Accounts

A Facebook hoax has, yet again, monopolized Facebook status updates, as panicked users have been advised, by the hoax, to declare copyright in response to Facebook privacy changes. Of course, if simply declaring something on your Facebook status made it so, then the color of your bra strap would have cured breast cancer, Casey Anthony would have been found guilty, and a simple relationship status change from “married” to “divorced” would save thousands in lawyer fees.

Journalists Caught Using Wikipedia as Primary Source

An Irish college student has proven that journalists are using Wikipedia as a primary – and indeed only – source for their stories, without doing any fact checking whatsoever. By inserting and then tracking a fake quote in the Wikipedia entry for French composer Maurice Jarre, who died in March, 22-year old Shane Fitzgerald determined that even such august media outlets as the BBC are susceptible to the “it’s on Wikipedia, it must be true” fallacy.