Viral 'privacy notice' on Facebook is fake
Tribune Online Report

Yes, the Facebook Privacy Notice scam is back again.

You might have noticed the ‘legal’-sounding message in your news feed which claims to ‘protect’ a user’s content, because Facebook will now make even private posts public.

Well, Facebook has finally issued a statement, telling users not to share the fake message.

The statement reads: “You may have seen a post telling you to copy and paste a notice to retain control over things you share on Facebook. Don’t believe it. Our terms say clearly: You own all of the content and information you post on Facebook, and you can control how it’s shared through your privacy and application settings. That’s how it works, and this hasn’t changed. You can visit Privacy Basics to find out more about who sees what you share on Facebook and other topics. You can also read the Data Policy to find out what information we collect and how it is used and shared. We want you to be informed and in control of your experience on Facebook.”

The hoax first emerged in 2012 and resurfaced in 2014, 2015. Now the message is being shared on Facebook again, with the format pretty much the same, reports the Indian Express.

The latest fake Facebook ‘copyright declaration’ reads like this: Now it’s official! It has been published in the media. Facebook has just released the entry price: £5.99 ($9.10) to keep the subscription of your status to be set to “private.” If you paste this message on your page, it will be offered free (I said paste not share) if not tomorrow, all your posts can become public. Even the messages that have been deleted or the photos not allowed. After all, it does not cost anything for a simple copy and paste.

Another variant being shared says: “I do not give Facebook or any entities associated with Facebook permission to use my pictures, information, or posts, both past and future. By 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 If you do not publish a statement at least once it will be tactically allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in the profile status updates.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.”

Facebook being a public company, doesn’t mean the privacy policy changes and goes for a toss. And no Facebook can’t use your photos for ads.

If you’re still not convinced this legal update is a hoax, try Google searching “Rome Statute” and you’ll find that it formed International Criminal Court at Hague, and has nothing to do with privacy or Facebook.

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