When you try to confirm or disconfirm a claimed hack, Thursday edition

As regular readers know, I often try to confirm or disconfirm claimed hacks before just repeating what I see or read elsewhere. And I generally use a notification feature to let me know whether my requests have been delivered and/or read.

Here’s an example of why people may be frustrated or just say “screw it” instead of trying to give entities a chance to respond to claims online. From my e-mail today, complete with header and emphasis added by me:

Subject: Not read: Alleged hack of 1.1 million FB accounts
From: “Press (No-Reply)” <[email protected]> Date: Thu, October 31, 2013 19:06
To: “[email protected]” <[email protected]>
Priority: High

Your message

To: Press (No-Reply)
Subject: Alleged hack of 1.1 million FB accounts
Sent: Wednesday, May 08, 2013 1:02:04 PM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)

was deleted without being read on Thursday, October 31, 2013 4:06:02 PM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada).

Yes, I realize I’m not a New York Times reporter or some big gun, but really, Facebook, you should have read and replied to the inquiry.

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