Who Is Jayden K. Smith? Viral Facebook Message Lies About Hacker
This should go without saying, but... people lie on the internet.
A now-viral Facebook message about a supposed hacker named Jayden K. Smith has proved just how easy those lies are to believe.
Maybe you've seen the lot of tweets re: Jayden K. Smith and his unrelenting desire to hack all your friends' Facebooks.
Maybe your friends even forwarded you this warning message:
Please tell all the contacts in your messenger list not to accept Jayden K. Smith friendship request. He is a hacker and has the system connected to your Facebook account. If one of your contacts accepts it, you will also be hacked, so make sure that all your friends know it. Thanks. Forwarded as received. Hold your finger down on the message. At the bottom in the middle it will say forward. Hit that then click on the names of those in your list and it will send to them.
It reads urgently as if Jayden K. Smith's friendship is going to end Facebook as we know it.
But it's all fake, people.
You do not need to forward this message to your list of "friends" you probably haven't seen in years.
It is the modern day equivalent of those chain emails your elder relatives still forward daily, maybe believing their Hotmail accounts will otherwise implode.
Facebook has confirmed we can ignore the whole thing.
"We're aware that some people are sharing a forwarded message with their friends on Messenger implying that their account may be at risk. This is a hoax," a spokesperson for the social media platform confirmed to CBS News.
Also, no, accepting someone's friend request will not grant them access to your account or computer.
While Jayden K. received his very real minutes of viral fame on Twitter, Snopes.com says his totally fake identity is one of many, as threatening innocent people with hacker warnings is a popular hoax.
OK... what's next, internet?