Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook will be shut down in May. Managing the site has become too stressful.
"Facebook has gotten out of control," said Zuckerberg in a press conference outside his Palo Alto office, "and the stress of managing this company has ruined my life. I need to put an end to all the madness."
Zuckerberg reportedly went on to explain that starting May 15th, users will no longer be able to access their Facebook accounts. That gives users (and Facebook addicts) a year to adjust to liwithout Facebook.
"After May 15th, 2013 the whole website shuts down," said Avrat Humarthi, Vice President of Technical Affairs at Facebook. "So if you ever want to see your pictures again, I recommend you take them off the internet. You won’t be able to get them back after Facebook goes out of business."
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Origins: The claim that some free web-based service is going to begin a mass deletion of accounts, start charging for access, or shut down entirely in the near future is a common Internet hoax, and this report that the Facebook social media network will close down for good in May 2013 because "Facebook has gotten out of control" and "managing the site has become too stressful" is more of the same.
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Last updated: 25 April 2013
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