After 6 to 7 hours of disruption on all its major social media platforms, another round of rumour was being peddled on social media quoting the CEO of Facebook incorporated, Mark Zuckerberg announcing the shutting down of WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook for some hours or days.
Some have immediately commenced communicating via other platforms causing an increase in download.
The viral statement reads thus, "Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger to shut down again for 168hours(7days) I apologize for the disruption. I know how you rely on our services to stay connected with the people you care about. We will start our upgrade on Wednesday, October 6th 2021 - 1300 hours." Mark Zuckerberg was quoted with the profile picture of his Facebook account on an Android phone.
Meanwhile, a fact-check by The Standard Gazette revealed it was fake and the Facebook CEO had not made such a statement.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.