A warning circulating on Facebook states that the social network will be closed for maintenance for three days later this month. We’ll take a look at the story a little further.
It’s a hoax.
First let’s take a look at the warning itself. Though according to Sophos, the warning appears to have started in Frech, there is an English version being passed around:
WARNING!! Facebook will be closed for maintenance from February 29th to 31st!! Facebook wants YOU to Share this message with at least 15 of your friends for the best chance of alerting everyone. Many people will try to log in from February 29 to 31, just to find the site closed down for those days with no warning.
Anyone with a rudimentary knowledge of the calendar and month of February knows February 30 and February 31 do not exist. Further, February 29 only exists every 4 years, and this isn’t one of those years.
Facebook has given no such “down for maintenance” announcement.
This is either a poor attempt at a hoax, or a successful attempt at a joke. Either way, it’s not real.