Who Dat! Jayden K Smith?
For the past few days mostly since the weekend, users of one of the most popular social media sites ever, have been treated to a fast circulating meme, private messages and perhaps in some cases singing-telegrams (according to anonymous sources close to the story) regarding turning down any and all friend requests from one: Jayden K Smith.
The basic message goes like this from the chain PM I received: (and let me tell you that's a subject for another posting...)
"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."
And just like that, this message was circulated millions of times.
According to the Telegraph, like most other well-meaning rapidly-multiplying-social-media-spread-incredible-notices-of-unbelievable-news such as: Snoop Dog moving to Lake Charles, or Bill Gates giving away a million in cash to those that 'share and like' a post, so too it seems Jayden K Smith is a bona-fide and legitimate prime example of popular hoaxography, this story too is false.
In Facebook's terms and conditions with regards to spam they say that sending out mass friends requests to people you don't know or have any connection with is against the rules and will draw attention quickly and be dealt with appropriately. So typically the scammers, spammers and 'Nigerian Princes' are usually sorted out quickly.
So we can all settle down and relax because Jayden K Smith doesn't have a 'system' connected to us, isn't having drinks in the cool breezes on a sun-kissed beach in Pango-Pango on any of our credit cards, or worse trolling our friends dinner selections and cute kitten memes.