Dis­sect­ing mes­sage of Mark Zucker­berg

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Opinion -

me be­cause of the wrong or no punc­tu­a­tion mark, “face­book” should be with a cap­i­tal F, and Zucker­berg is not “Di­rec­tor” of the com­pany. He is co-founder, chair­man and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer.

The mes­sage said it will soon cost money to post a Face­book mes­sage un­less “you send this string to 18 dif­fer­ent from your list…” The sender prob­a­bly meant con­ver­sa­tion thread, not “string,” and 18 con­tacts or friends in­stead of “18 dif­fer­ent.” By the way, the num­ber 18 changes in the next sen­tences to -- send to all your con­tacts, then, to­ward the end, it said send to more than nine.

It con­tin­ued: “If you do not be­lieve me to­mor­row at 6 pm that face­book will be closed and to open it you will have to pay, this is all by law.” The writer surely is not a na­tive English speaker. It is not a com­pany com­mu­ni­ca­tion, and it is un­clear what “law” it re­ferred to in mak­ing pay­ment a re­quire­ment for a so­cial me­dia post.

“If you have at least 10 con­tacts Send this sms and the logo will turn red to in­di­cate that you are a user Con­firmed... We fin­ish it for free To­mor­row they start to col­lect the mes­sages for face­book at 0.37 cents For­ward this mes­sage to more than 9 peo­ple of your con­tacts and it will be free of life for you to watch and it will turn green the ball of above do it and you will see.to 9 of you” Try to make sense of that. It is easy to de­tect false in­for­ma­tion or a state­ment or ar­ti­cle that is un­likely to be of­fi­cial. Check the gram­mar if it sup­posed to be from an in­sti­tu­tion or a per­son ex­pected to know the lan­guage. In­ves­ti­gate the mes­sage for any con­tra­dic­tion or un­sup­ported in­for­ma­tion like the num­ber of re­quired con­tacts to be sent the mes­sage or the law that is the ba­sis for charg­ing a fee.

The mes­sage cir­cu­lated over the week­end, just days af­ter Zucker­berg’s tes­ti­mony be­fore US leg­is­la­tors over a data breach by an an­a­lyt­ics firm. It also hap­pened af­ter Face­book en­tered into a part­ner­ship with Rap­pler and Vera Files, Philip­pine news or­ga­ni­za­tions, for a third-party fact-check­ing pro­gram to pre­vent the spread of false news on Face­book.

With the funny mes­sage about charg­ing, Zucker­berg be­came his own vic­tim of false in­for­ma­tion from peo­ple who tried to fool oth­ers and steal their money or just out to have fun.

While Face­book has made prom­ises to stop fake in­for­ma­tion, there is a call for its users to do their part. Be dis­cern­ing of what you read, don’t fall for the ab­surd, and stop pass­ing false in­for­ma­tion to your friends.

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