By now, you must have come across the copyright and privacy notices that have been making rounds on Facebook (NASDAQ:FB). If you haven’t, then you probably have intelligent friends that are not easily fooled.
The dreaded paragraph-long Facebook privacy hoax is not entirely new as some have been circulating on the social media site for years now. The language may be slightly tweaked, but the message still remains the same.
There’s absolutely no substance to them. There’s also no basis in law that posting such a status message would override Facebook’s terms and conditions.
Two Versions of the Facebook Privacy Hoax
The exact hoax status reads:
Another version that omits reference to Channel 13 reads:
“Better to be safe than sorry. An attorney advised to post this. Good enough for me. 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 If you do not publish a statement at least once it will be tacitly understood that you are allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in your profile status updates. I DO NOT GIVE MY PERMISSION. My posts are for my benefit and friends and family. If you prefer, you can copy and paste.”
The hoax copyright-related posts have been around since November 2012. Small business owners and brands using Facebook to promote their product or service should not be fooled — particularly those who worry their intellectual property might be compromised.
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This shows how little some people understand about privacy laws and the internet generally. Educate, educate, educate.
The worse part about this hoax is that a lot of people believe it. I think that I have seen Facebook make an official statement on this.