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Dispelling Facebook rumors

by Catherine Holland

Posted on August 11, 2011 at 7:29 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 11 at 7:40 PM

PHOENIX -- There always seem to be rumors swirling about Facebook.

The latest involves the hacker group "Anonymous" and their supposed threat to "bring down" Facebook on Nov. 5.

Ken Colburn of Data Doctors says that, like many other "warnings" about Facebook, probably is not true.

The rumor has spawn infighting and discussion among members of several hacker groups, most of which are saying this is simply another hoax.

"I wouldn't be too concerned about Facebook going away," he said.

If you do have trouble getting online and are wondering if a social networking site like Facebook is up, Colburn suggests you bookmark a site call Powered by WatchMouse, its sole purpose it monitor social-networking sites.

Colburn also talked about the bruhaha that's come up over a rumor that the social-networking site is harvesting phone numbers that are listed in users' profiles and making them public.

Again, not true, Colburn says. What's more, it's a feature that's been around for quite some time and it can easily be removed. Basically, it's an app that syncs numbers from your mobile phone with numbers of your friends. Only you can see that list, just like on your phone.

Colburn ran it all down for Kaley O'Kelley and showed us how to make sure our phone numbers don't show up publicly on our Facebook profiles.

If you're like to remove you mobile phone contacts from your Facebook profile, visit this page.

For more information, visit You can follow Colburn on Twitter; he's @TheDataDoc.