Facebook Privacy Hoax - It’s Back and Beware!
If you felt a sense of déjà vu over the weekend while scrolling through your Facebook News Feed, you're not alone.
The words may be slightly nipped, but the message is the same:
According Snopes.com, this specific copyright-related post has been around since November 2012.
Messages about protecting your copyright or privacy rights on Facebook by posting a particular legal notice to your Facebook wall are all variants of an item circulated several years ago speculating that posting a similar notice on a web site would protect that site's operators from prosecution for piracy, Snopes.com further states.
Both claims were erroneous; an expression of the mistaken belief the use of some simple legal trinket or post a pertinent disclaimer, will immunize one from some undesirable legal consequence. That is simply not how the law works.
Facebook addressed the rumors years ago in a fact-checking blog post regarding the ownership of users' information or content they post to the site.
FB refuted these claims stating:
"There is a rumor circulating that Facebook is making a change related to ownership of users' information or the content they post to the site. This is false. Anyone who uses Facebook owns and controls the content and information they post, as stated in our terms. They control how the content and information is shared. That is our policy, and it always has been."
In Facebook's Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, the company also states that content published using the "Public" setting allows everyone, including non-Facebook users, to access that information. But if you set your content to "Private," then the rules are different.
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