Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

That latest warning from your Facebook friends is a hoax, officials say

That latest warning from your Facebook friends is a hoax, officials say

Facebook officials say there has been no known uptick in cloned accounts recently, but the warning being sent around could be going viral out of fear.

Have you seen those warnings on Facebook from some of your friends?

This prompts everyone else who receives it to believe their accounts may have also been cloned. "Your picture and your name are used to create a new face book account (they don't need your password to do this this)", the message reads in part.

According to a Time report, Facebook users were being duped into thinking that their accounts have been cloned. "And you're just making it worse", the Plaquemines Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness said in a Facebook post.

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Facebook really did fess up to a "security issue" a couple of weeks ago, and noted that nearly 50 million accounts may have been affected by it. There is no bug or virus now confirmed that is sending your Friends fake requests. "Please DO NOT accept a 2nd friend request from "me". please forward to all your contacts".

While it might seem like something to be anxious about, a social media hoax expert says the viral message is simply "pointless". The message then instructs the user to "hold your finger on the message until the forward button appears...then hit forward..."

You're simply doing it because the message tells you to. "And you certainly should check it out so that you can take action to protect yourself and your friends if your account really has been cloned", he wrote.

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