A graphic circulating online states that Facebook will begin locking accounts by anyone who uses profanity. It’s a hoax.
Let’s take a look at the graphic which has heavily circulated online this week:
No Swearing Campaign
As of march 20/2014 we at facebook will be launching a “No Swearing” Campain, Anyone caught using profanity will have their account locked further a pending investigation.
This due to new laws issued by our legal department (section 182 P34b) as new advertisers have petitioned for a “cleaner” family friendly social network.
If a user continues to use profanity the account will be shut down and a permanent ban will be placed into effect immediately.
– Mark Zuckerberg
No Official Announcement
There has been no such announcement from Facebook. It should be noted that Facebook does not announce any policy changes via a graphic.
For an example of how Facebook announces policy changes, take a look at this press release from March 5, 2014, regarding their recent changes regarding the posting of regulated items.
Beside the fact that Facebook does not issue graphics to announce policy changes, the graphic contains obvious errors, including:
- “Campain” is spelled wrong (instead of “campaign“).
- The first sentence ends with a comma instead of a period.
- Facebook writes its name with an upper case “F,” which is not the case in the graphic above.
- Facebook does not issue “laws.”
The Facebook “No Swearing Campaign” is a hoax. No such announcement has been made by the social media giant.