There's a new Facebook 'Friend Request' hoax doing the rounds

Facebook's logo on a screen in Ankara Turkey

Facebook shut down Paper, a stand-alone iOS app that was part News Feed, part newsreader, in 2016, two years after its launch.

However, Snopes advises those who think their account has actually been hacked to send a separate private message to their friends.

Facebook says there has been no known uptick in cloned accounts this week, when the messages started circulating, WSYR reported.

Your account is not sending out duplicate friend requests.

If you're anxious you've been hacked, Facebook has a series of guides on how to get back in (although it helps to be prepared). Please DO NOT accept a 2nd friend request from "me".

Forwarding these messages is actually creating confusion and suggests a widespread, sudden problem that doesn't exist.

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SAN FRANCISCO- Facebook users were warned about a hoax disguised in a series of Facebook messages, officials announced. Hold your finger on the message until the forward button appears ... then hit forward and all the people you want to forward too ...

Heads-up! nearly every account is being cloned.

You can also do a quick search on Facebook of your name to see if there are any secondary Facebook accounts with your name. As of now, ignore the "Got Another Friend Request from You" message. They just fell into the hoax hole that seems to keep on growing.

From here you can see where your account has been accessed from and you can use this to spot if there are any that are out of the ordinary, which could be an unknown device or a location that you don't recognise.

By sharing this message, you're unintentionally adding more people into the pool who are anxious about their accounts with no reason.

Facebook did not respond to request for comment by press time, but it has said that the posts could be going viral due to fear.

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