Lately, there has been a hoax message spreading across the social networking site Facebook, indicating that the site is planning to add a new security feature where users will have to enter their Social Security Number (SSN) in order to successfully log in to the site.
Here’s the message that has been spreading across the network -
Facebook will Require Social Security Number for Member Log In. [LINK] Today, Facebook announced a new procedure to address the recent wave of spam that has plagued the website. Starting April 2nd, users will be required to enter their social security numbers to log in to their Facebook accounts.
There is no such announcement made by Facebook, and it is pointless to integrate such a feature on the site. Social Security number is issued to U.S. citizens, both permanent and permanent resident, under section 205(c)(2) of the Social Security Act. Facebook has over 850 million users worldwide and the procedure would simply not work in anyway.
The hoax message originated from the site – FreeWoodPost.com with the following statement -
The new member log in format will be both safe and efficient for our users who fear having their Facebook identity stolen. The requirement for users to enter their social security numbers during log in, will completely take away the element of spam from unauthorized access. With cooperation from the United States government, we have compiled a database to verify that each person’s social security is accurate. Also, the last four digits of each users social will be displayed in their info section of their profile. Further upgrades to security are currently being planned, and will be announced as more information is given.
Users on Facebook have taken this hoax message seriously, and are spreading the same on their Timelines and updating their friends about the hoax by sharing the post link. The site – freewoodpost.com has the following line in one of the posts – “Remember, our tagline is “News That’s Almost Reliable”… a purely satirical and humorous “news” website,” which clearly indicates that articles published on the site are generally cooked up and nothing is true about it.
The site invites contributors to write for their blog and mentions that they’re only looking for articles that are “outrageous political humor that is indirect and satirical.”
Thus, please make sure that you avoid “sharing” such false messages on Facebook. A quick search on Google will provide you with details whether the information you’re sharing is true or simply a hoax.
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