There are some trending posts on Facebook claiming that typing the word ‘BFF” into the comments of such Facebook posts will reveal if your account is in danger of being “hacked”.
The post claims that if the letters BFF appear in green, it means your account is safe but if it does not, it means your account is at risk of being hacked.
An example of such posts is below:
"Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, invented the word BFF. To make sure your account is safe on Facebook, type BFF in a comment.
If it appears green, your account is protected.
If it does not appear in green, change your password immediately because it may be hacked by someone."
Though it is true that typing BFF into Facebook does, usually, result in those letters turning green, this does not in any way indicate whether your account is safe or at risk.
A fact check by NAIJ.com finds out that the letters BFF turn green when typed because they have been chosen by Facebook as a “special” comment that, upon being typed, produce a brief visual animation to appear on the screen.
The letters colloquially mean “best friends forever”, and typing in the comment shows two hands “high fiving”.
NAIJ.com finds out that Facebook has other special comments, including Congrats (or Congratulations) that turns orange and shows a brief visual animation when typed as well.
The trending posts claiming that typing ‘BFF’ will let you determine whether or not your account is safe are fake.
Typing ‘BFF’ cannot help you determine whether your account is safe or at risk. If you have any security issue with your account, you may consult the security section of your Facebook account to lodge complaints.
The claim in the BFF is not true . Please do not pass it on to others.
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