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- Selene Delgado Lopez isn’t everyone’s Facebook friend.
- It appears that some accounts using that name have changed their privacy settings so that it’s not possible for someone to add that account as a friend.
- Some people may have been confused by that and assumed they couldn’t add her as a friend because she already was their friend.
Joining Myspace in the early 2000s meant befriending Tom Anderson, the co-founder of the social networking site. He was automatically users’ first friend when they joined.
But Facebook users don’t have such a default friend, despite what recent Facebook posts say.
"No one knows her and she is everyone’s friend in Facebook," reads a recent post above a user photo for the account of Selene Delgado Lopez. "Don’t believe me look her up first profile of her is on your friends I just blocked her."
This post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)
We reached out to Facebook about the post but did not immediately receive a response.
However, this reporter did as the Facebook post directed, and Selene Delgado Lopez was not among the listed friends.
But searching for the name on the social networking site, several results come up with the same woman’s picture. Unlike many other profiles, there isn’t an option to "Add Friend," perhaps making it seem like she already is a friend — but she’s not.
"It’s simple," Mashable reported in a Sept. 4 story titled, "Say hello to the latest weird viral Facebook hoax: ‘Selene Delgado Lopez.’" "One of the Selene accounts — the one that has now gone viral — has the friend request button disabled in their Facebook privacy settings."
The origins of the hoax are unknown, according to Mashable.
We rate this Facebook post False.
Facebook post, Sept. 2, 2020
MTV, Remember Tom from Myspace? This is what he’s doing now, April 12, 2018
Mashable, Say hello to the latest weird viral Facebook hoax: ‘Selene Delgado Lopez,’ Sept. 4, 2020
Forbes, Who is Selene Delgado Lopez? As the Facebook warning goes viral, here’s what we know so far, Sept. 5, 2020
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