Another Internet Hoax - Facebook Shutdown

Facebook responds to the Hoax
 It's the world of Hoaxes, type up something controversial at your will, and people would do the rest. This is one of the worst widespread hoaxes, and I have only one advice to people - Use common sense people! Facebook is the Future! It is not going to end just like that - and certainly not an announcement by Mark Zuckerberg!
Here is the snippet that I found spreading on Facebook.

"PALO ALTO, CA –Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook will be shut down in March. Managing the site has become too stressful.
“Facebook has gotten out of control,” said Zuckerberg in a press conference outside his Palo Alto office, “and the stress of managing this company has ruined my life. I need to put an end to all the madness.”
Zuckerberg went on to explain that starting March 15th, users will no longer be able to access their Facebook accounts.
“After March 15th the whole website shuts down,” said Avrat Humarthi, Vice President of Technical Affairs at Facebook. “So if you ever want to see your pictures again, I recommend you take them off the internet. You won’t be able to get them back once Facebook goes out of business.”
Zuckerberg said that the decision to shut down Facebook was difficult, but that he does not think people will be upset.
“I personally don’t think it’s a big deal,” he said in a private phone interview. “And to be honest, I think it’s for the better. Without Facebook, people will have to go outside and make real friends. That’s always a good thing.”
Some Facebook users were furious upon hearing the shocking news.
“What am I going to do without Facebook?” said Denise Bradshaw, a high school student from Indiana. “My life revolves around it. I’m on Facebook at least 10 hours a day. Now what am I going to do with all that free time?”
However, parents across the country have been experiencing a long anticipated sense of relief.
“I’m glad the Facebook nightmare is over,” said Jon Guttari, a single parent from Detroit. “Now my teenager’s face won’t be glued to a computer screen all day. Maybe I can even have a conversation with her.”
Those in the financial circuit are criticizing Zuckerberg for walking away from a multibillion dollar franchise. Facebook is currently ranked as one of the wealthiest businesses in the world, with economists estimating its value at around 7.9 billion.
But Zuckerberg remains unruffled by these accusations. He says he will stand by his decision to give Facebook the axe.
“I don’t care about the money,” said Zuckerberg. “I just want my old life back.”
The Facebook Corporation suggests that users remove all of their personal information from the website before March 15th. After that date, all photos, notes, links, and videos will be permanently erased."
Source weeklyworldnews.com

Now why would someone do something like that? Pretty sure this guy's blog is blooming with hits - Just noticed that it got around 13000(which was 5000 a couple of days back) comments in a day and almost as many view(Which is almost 10 times the views he got on other posts), his Adsense would be blooming. Hope all would be knowing about the Page ranking site called Alexa.com, which keeps track of the traffic and gives other details about the site, check how the Hoax has boosted his turnover
The popularity a scam can bring
Now this is just a site stats, I'm not sure about the source of the hoax, but pretty sure that the stats would be even more impressive.I just realised the audacity of this scam, here is what I did - I made a comment on this page that it was a Hoax and posted my link saying there is an explanation why this is a wildfire. And here is what happened to my blog's pageview in a matter of hours -
This clearly depicts how massive the hoax has spread, and the comments are seriously depicting the need for Facebook.
 So please think twice before spreading false messages online, its just a waste of time! But sure, this has rigged up a certain discussion - "Is Facebook necessary in day to day life?" Comment your views Please! Vote for me now! Blogomania 2011 sponsored by CommonFloor.com - India’s Leading portal to find apartments for sale and apartments for rent