Mark Zuckerberg Announces He’s Closing Facebook-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
Mark Zuckerberg has announced that he’s closing Facebook, citing concerns about the social media platform’s impact on the world.
False claims that Mark Zuckerberg is closing Facebook came from a digitally-manipulated video that’s part of an April Fool hoax/guerrilla advertising campaign for a creative agency and video production company.
Bayview Drive Films posted the video on Youtube on April 1. Appearing under the headline “A World Without Facebook,” Zuckerberg stares into the camera and states that he’s closing Facebook. The reason? It causes feelings of isolation and loneliness and has led to the proliferation of fake news.
The video immediately looks suspicious. Zuckerberg’s mouth doesn’t align with the rest of his face. And after the opening address, the video quickly cuts away to scenes of people staring at their phones (presumably watching the video). But given that video manipulation is relatively new, many viewers were caught off guard — some even believing it to be true.
That’s not the case, however. The video actually shows Zuckerberg’s September 21, 2017, response to reports that Russia used Facebook to meddle in the 2016 presidential election. And, no, Zuckerberg didn’t say that he was going to close Facebook in the actual video, either. And viewers who watch the video all the way through will notice a disclaimer that appears at the end calling it “satire”
Given all that, we’re calling claims that Mark Zuckerberg is closing Facebook “fiction.”