Facebook Privacy Hoax - It’s Back and Beware!

By Hyvie Sabillano, Posted: 10/19/16 08:32AM EDT
Don't fall for this new Facebook hoax.(Photo : Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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:

Deadline tomorrow !!! Everything you've ever posted becomes public from tomorrow. Even messages that have been deleted or the photos not allowed. It costs nothing for a simple copy and paste, better safe than sorry. Channel 13 News talked about the change in Facebook's privacy policy. I do not give Facebook or any entities associated with Facebook permission to use my pictures, information, messages or posts, both past and future. With this statement, I give notice to Facebook it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, or take any other action against me based on this profile and/or its contents. The content of this profile is private and confidential information. The violation of privacy can be punished by law (UCC 1-308- 1 1 308-103 and the Rome Statute). NOTE: Facebook is now a public entity. All members must post a note like this. If you prefer, you can copy and paste this version. If you do not publish a statement at least once it will be tactically allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in the profile status updates. DO NOT SHARE. Copy and paste.

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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