The Facebook Privacy Hoax Post is Going Around Again

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In 2012, a post about Facebook’s privacy policy spread like wildfire across the internet, and now it’s back. Users thought they could copy and paste a statement telling Facebook they couldn’t “make their information public.” quoted the post that seems to have caught a second wind. It reads:

“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.”

Another variation states:

“Better to be safe than sorry. An attorney advised us to post this. Good enough for me. 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 If you do not publish a statement at least once, it will be tacitly understood that you are allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in your profile status updates. I HEREBY STATE THAT I DO NOT GIVE MY PERMISSION.”

These statements make no difference whether or not one posts them, and they don’t correctly reflect Facebook’s policies. If a user is concerned about privacy and what Facebook can do with their posts, their polices can be reviewed here.

For the most part, when someone signs up for social media, they do lose some of their privacy, and whatever they make public does, in fact, become public. It’s best to be careful and thoughtful when it comes to sharing information on Facebook.

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