Facebook privacy notice is a hoax…again

UPDATED 10/18/16

It’s baaaack! 

Once again in October 2016, millions of Facebook users are sharing and posting a “privacy notice” that tells Facebook it cannot re-distribute any of your postings or photos.

This comes after another warning that claims all your Facebook postings and photos you have ever posted will go public this week.

 But that is not happening,  Besides, you can’t tell Facebook what to do. Facebook owns the site, you don’t, and you do not even pay to use it.

So the company has the right — established in its user agreement — to reuse content if it wishes.

No, it has no plans to use your family photos in advertising, or sell them to marketers, but you posting a notice has no impact whatsoever on what the site does.

Will You Soon Have to Pay for Privacy?

Another version of this hoax claims that Facebook will soon charge $5.99 to keep your postings private, and that by posting this statement, you can avoid that fee.

But Facebook has no plans to charge money for anything.  There is no truth to the claim.

Here’s the statement friends may urge you to post for your protection.

“Due to the fact that Facebook has chosen to involve software that will allow the theft of my personal information,I declare that my rights are attached to all my personal data drawings, paintings, photos, video, texts etc. published on my profile and my page. For commercial use of the foregoing my written consent is required at all times.

Those who read this text can do a copy/paste on their Facebook wall. This will allow them to place themselves under the protection of copyright. By this statement, I tell Facebook that it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, broadcast, or take any other action against me on the basis of this profile and or its content. The actions mentioned above also apply to employees, students, agents and or other personnel under the direction of Facebook.

The content of my profile contains private information. The violation of my privacy is punishable by law.”

Blah blah blah.  Nothing in that statement is true or legally binding.  You are just falling for the latest Facebook hoax.
You can read more at the myth busting website Snopes.com.  As always don’t waste your money.


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