February 8, 2017

Before Typing @[4:0] – Read this first

According to various images and messages floating around on Facebook, typing in @[4:0] in the comments section on any photo on the site should automatically change to the text ‘Mark Zuckerberg’. If not, then your Facebook account has been hacked. Apparently.

Well, that’s a little misleading. It’s got nothing to do with “hacking” or any other type of online maliciousness, and the explanation is much more innocent.

The code @[4:0] is actually a little piece of shorthand code, that tells Facebook to produce the name of the Facebook profile associated with the ID number inside the square bracket – in this case the number 4. Every Facebook profile (and page) has a unique ID.@[4:0]
So Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, has an account associated with the number 4 (apparently accounts 1, 2 and 3 have been deleted.)

For many, the little trick – that has been around for years – will work. As soon as you post the @[4:0] code, it will change when you post.

For others however, the trick doesn’t work. Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean your account has been hacked. It’s to do with the platform on which you access Facebook. It seems on certain platforms – mostly desktop – Facebook automatically inserts a space between the @ and [ symbol when you post the comment, rendering the shorthand code useless, and thus no name appears.

So whether or not the trick works has nothing to do with the security of your account,

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