Beware: Facebook ‘privacy notice’ is a hoax

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(PIX11) — The Facebook ‘privacy notice’ is making its rounds again. The cut-and-paste status warns the social media site not to take content posted by users.

Only problem is, it’s a hoax.

It’s been going on for years now. Every so often, a version of the status will gain momentum and make its way around the web.

If you haven’t seen one, they usually read something like this one:

“As of (Date/Time). 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 that it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, or take any other action against me based on this profile is private and confidential information. The violation of privacy can be punished by law (UCC 1-308-11 308-103 and 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 If you do not publish this statement at least once it will be tactically allowing the use of your photos, as well as information contained in the profile status updates. DO NOT SHARE. You MUST copy and paste to make this your status. I will leave a comment so it will be easier to copy and paste!!!”

Maybe the biggest problem with these statuses are that your posts are already protected. Facebook does not automatically have the rights to your content.

Also, snopes.com says that Facebook being a publicly traded company has no impact on the copyrights of its users. If the content belongs to you, then posting it doesn’t change that.

That is, unless your content is visible to the public. If it’s public, then anyone, including Facebook, can use what you post. This however, can be adjusted in your privacy settings, not by writing a status.

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