Over the past couple days a Facebook message warning people not to accept Friend requests from someone by the name of Jayden K. Smith have circulated like wildfire. The messages state:
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.
Of course, this claim is not true – and, as Snopes clearly indicates, this Facebook message is a hoax. Nobody can hack your Facebook account as a result of your accepting a Friend request from him or her, and you cannot be hacked simply by one of your friends accepting a similar request. These elements of the Jayden Smith message are nonsense intended to encourage people to forward the message on and make it go viral — but they are false.
However… (and this is a big However)… (To read the rest of the article please view my Inc. column.)