Why would anyone believe this, right after Goldman Sachs et al invested $500 Million in Facebook? Especially when the source is the less than reliable but often amusing Weekly World News? As ABC News reports, the rumor is going viral on the web, despite its preposterous nature:
Rumors that Facebook will be shutting down on March 15 have gone viral across the web, causing users to question what will happen to their photos and other content that they have shared on the world’s largest social networking site.
The flurry of online chatter that the Palo Alto, Calif.-based company would shut down its servers comes just days after it had been valued at $50 billion after a $500 million infusion of cash by investment bank Goldman-Sachs.
The story seems to have been perpetuated by supermarket tabloid the Weekly World News, which Saturday published an article headlined “Facebook Will End March 15th!”
“Facebook has gotten out of control and the stress of managing this company has ruined my life,” the tabloid said Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said in a press conference outside his office, “I need to put an end to all the madness.”…
[continues at ABC News]