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Yes, That Taylor Swift Sex Tape Facebook Thing Is A Hoax. No, You Shouldn't Click On It.

02/08/2013 01:04 pm ET

It's a phony. A hoax. Not real. Don't click on it.

Via the always-educational website Hoax Slayer, the Facebook posting probably looks something like this:

Taylor Swift's iPhone Hacked - Sex Tape LEAKED!

The famous singer Taylor Swift had her iPhone hacked Monday and a sex tape between her and former boyfriend Harry Styles has been leaked on the internet. Taylor's publicists are trying to take down all of the websites hosting it, but we found a working one! Watch the video before it's taken down! CLICK HERE --------->

When you click on the link to watch the video, however, you are asked to take a survey; and when you complete that survey, you are asked to fill out another survey; and when you're done with that one, you must complete another survey; and so on and so forth. The Swift-Styles video never appears. You simply take survey after survey after survey, ad infinitum. (Presumably the scammers make money for each survey you fill out; an alternate version of the scam, per Hoax Slayer, asks you to install a presumably virus-laden application or toolbar).

If common sense didn't tell you that a salacious Facebook teaser for a Taylor Swift-Harry Styles porno "hacked from her iPhone," then let this article serves as your notice: It is indeed a hoax, and clicking on the link in the hopes of seeing any such thing will only end in disappointment (and perhaps a virus on your computer).

While we're debunking Facebook hoaxes, here are a few other videos that you probably shouldn't click on if a friend posts about them on a social media network:

- Miley Cyrus Sex Tape
- Vanessa Hudgens Sex Tape
- Selena Gomez Sex Tape
- Sex tape involving pretty much anyone from the cast of "Spring Breakers"
- Video of Osama Bin Laden being killed
- Video of the second shooter in the Grassy Knoll
- Video from Ford's Theater, 1865
- That Gangnam Style/pistachios commercial from the Super Bowl (not virus-related, just an awful video)
- Justin Bieber sex tape
- Sex tape featuring you, having sex

What have we learned? Well, it's probably a good idea to just never click on any Facebook link promising a sex tape, ever. If you see a titillating possibility on Facebook, do a quick Google search of "celebrity name + sex tape + Facebook hoax"; chances are good it's nothing but a pathetic scam.

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