Viral Facebook privacy hoax returns – don’t get scammed

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If you see a post with language like this in your news feed, ignore it. (Image Credit: Facebook via CBS

An old privacy-related hoax is circulating again on Facebook.

Here’s an example, according to CBS News, of what you might see popping up again in your News Feed:

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 If you do not publish a statement at least once it will be tactically allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in the profile status updates.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., a myth-busting website, finds this particular copyright-related post has been around since November 2012.

Facebook debunked it years ago, along with similar rumors, in a fact-checking blog post:

“This is false. Anyone who uses Facebook owns and controls the content and information they post, as stated in our terms,” Facebook stated. “They control how that content and information is shared. That is our policy, and it always has been.”

There have been similar (now debunked hoaxes) in recent years as well. To read more about those and what you should watch out for, click here.

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