Sunday, 14 October 2018

New hoax on Facebook Saying Someone is "Following me"

The new hoax on Facebook which has gained so much popularity this week is scaring some people into believing they are being stalked by unknown people.

Brand new hoax on Fb- Following me

Facebook users are being deceived into thinking and spreading the myth that a hidden list could expose who your stalkers are.
It further goes ahead to declare that those followers would be secretly stalking you, your statuses and updates.
The rumor claims that Facebook will give you the list if you go to your ''Settings'' - to ''blocking and privacy'', and type in ''following me''

Realistically, when you type into the search bar, Facebook WILL give you a list of friends, places, etc. So, what you are seeing is actually just a list of people who share some letters with the words ''following'' and ''me''.

Facebook 'following me' hoax suggests users can reveal secret online stalkers - Independent.co.uk

A hoax Facebook post is spreading misinformation about the website's Block function by suggesting users can discover if they are being stalked by strangers.

A message being shared on the social media platform instructs users on how to find a list of strangers who aren’t their Friends, but are following their activity.

The post advises users to search "Following Me" on the Blocked section of Facebook's profile settings, which will draw up a list of names.

However, rather than a list of secret followers, the results are the names of people whose profiles include the letters from the words “following” and “me”. These words could appear in the user’s name, or any part of their profile.


“Learned something that was rather disturbing tonight. Time to tighten up security on your Facebook profiles!!” the hoax reads, according to Tech Insider. “I just blocked about 20 foreign people from following my profile and I thought I was already locked down! If you go to Account Settings > Blocking > Block Users and type in ”following me“, without the quotes, you may possibly see a bunch of people following you that you don't know Block each one and confirm!”

Currently, Facebook doesn’t allow users to see who is viewing their profile and has made no plans to introduce this feature.

Fortunately, it is mere fiction and has no grain of truth in it.


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