Over the last couple of days you may have seen the following post floating around your Facebook Feed.
We are happy to report that much like the privacy hoax we saw in 2012, this copy-and-paste message is also FALSE.
Be mindful that there are a couple similar messages spreading today, as well:
As of September 28 2015 1146 am Eastern standard 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 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 If you do not publish a statement atleast once it will be tactically allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in the profile status updates.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. You MUST copy and paste
In response to the new Facebook guidelines, I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details, illustrations, comics, paintings, professional photos and videos, etc. (as a result of the Berner Convention). For commercial use of the above my written consent is needed at all times!
Here’s the truth:
- Facebook does not own any of your media
- You DO NOT have to pay to keep your profile private
- There is no such thing as the Berner Convention
- You can review your Statement of Rights and Responsibilities in Facebook’s Terms & Conditions anytime you have questions about your privacy.
Remember Facebook made waves with privacy updates earlier this year that actually helped users truly understand what they are agreeing to in their Terms & Conditions. The update was called Privacy Basics, and gives users a step-by-step tutorial to help you understand what happens every time you share anything on Facebook.
Here’s a Privacy Basics refresher course.
All in all, there’s no need to panic about this viral post.
It just goes to show that virality is not always a good thing, but to always fact-check before you post.
If you have any more questions about the news, ask us in the comments!
About the Author: Deanna Zaucha is the Senior Content Marketing Specialist for Webs and Pagemodo, and also manages their social media presence. She can be found on the dance floor, or on her iPhone keeping up with trends in marketing and tech. Get more from Deanna on the Webs Blog, Pagemodo’s Blog, and Twitter.