Many people worry about online privacy, and Facebook isn't always the most privacy-friendly site around. So it's no surprise that hoaxes about big privacy changes at Facebook spread fast.
The latest one, which is actually just a repeat of one we've seen before, claims that Facebook is going to start charging you to keep your posts private. If you haven't seen it yet, I'm sure you will.
Here's the text so you know what to look for:
I havent had time to check it out and won't get around to it until tomorrow but I guess this need investigating
Now it's official! It has been published in the media. Facebook has just released the entry price: £5.99 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
There are a number of big problems with this claim. The biggest is that Facebook wouldn't make this kind of privacy change unless it wanted to immediately lose a huge chunk of its users.
Even if it did, it would have to give people more than one day heads-up, and it would send out many notifications to your Facebook profile. It wouldn't keep it secret and the let the news spread around in a poorly executed post. Then there's the fact that the notice says, "It has been published in the media," which, if you look at any legitimate media organization is easy to prove false.
In other words, if you see this come through your news feed, ignore it. Or, better yet, let the person who posted it know it's a fake so they can delete it. That will stop it from spreading.
While hoaxes like this are fairly harmless, aside from skyrocketing some people's blood pressure, there are plenty of Facebook scams going around that are much more dangerous. Here are three you need to know about now.
When you've prepared yourself against those, make sure you learn about some of the dozens of other Facebook scams trying to trick you every day.