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No, typing ‘gratula’ won’t show if Facebook account hacked – it’s Hungarian for ‘congrats’

Does typing the word “gratula” into Facebook comments section tell you if your account has been hacked?

A meme doing the rounds on Facebook in Nigeria and South Africa says so.

“Mark Zuckerberg Facebook CEO, created a new word GRATULA......To keep your account safe, write GRATULA ,in the comment section,” it reads.

“If it turns RED, your account is still safe, if it doesn't change, please change your password. Your account is already hacked.”



Congrats in Hungarian


Gratula is not a new word created by Zuckerberg.

We typed “gratula” into Google Translate, with the “detect language” option selected. It turns out to be a Hungarian word for “congrats” – short for “congratulations”. A number of other online translation tools confirmed this.

Facebook’s text delights changes word colour


Facebook text delights is a feature that produces animations when certain words – in many languages – are typed in the comment box. The words include “you’re the best”, “bff”, “best wishes” – and “congrats”.

When Facebook detects one of the text delights keywords, it changes the colour of the word. “Congrats” and “gratula” are changed to red. This lets the user confirm that they want the animation to appear.

Once the comment is posted, coloured words and animations pop up on the screen.  “Gratula” produces confetti and balloons.

The text delights feature doesn’t always work. One post says some users have reported difficulties with the animations, which may be “based on your country or language settings”. There might also be problems when you use Facebook on your phone. 

So no, typing “gratula” in the comments section on Facebook doesn’t tell you if your account has been hacked. It’s just a keyword in the text delights feature, which automatically turns the word red. Eileen Jahn




 

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