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Don't fall for this Facebook hoax

Don't fall for this Facebook hoax

Are you still falling for Facebook hoaxes? I bet the answer is "no" because you've learned what to look for from reading our site.

From a hoax that promised new cars to one hoax about the latest celebrity gossip, it seems that at least hundreds of thousands of people are falling for the same old tricks. Have you seen this most recent hoax?

The latest hoax alleges that Facebook's privacy policy has changed so that your pictures, posts and messages will become public. People who have heeded this false warning are posting statuses to show that they do not give Facebook permission to share their content. Here's the text from the status updates that have been circulating the social media site:

“Deadline today!!!Everything you’ve ever posted becomes public from tomorrow. Even messages that have been deleted or the photos not allowed. It costs nothing for a simple copy and paste, better safe than sorry. Channel 13 News talked about the change in Facebook’s privacy policy.I do not give Facebook or any entities associated with Facebook permission to use my pictures, information, messages or posts, both past and future. With 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 If you do not publish a statement at least once it will be tactically allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in the profile status updates.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. Copy and paste to be safe”

Just this morning variations of this message have been posted. Like the message says, people seem to believe it's better to be safe than sorry. And the fact that the message says a news station reported on it and it names two laws makes the story appear to be credible.

That's why it's important to do your research before spreading false information. A quick Google search of "UCC 1-308- 1 1 308-103" or "rome statute facebook" leads to several search options explaining the hoax. UCC stands for Uniform Commercial Code, and it has to do with laws about sales and commercial transactions. The Rome Statute is a treaty that sets rules for international crimes. So clearly neither of these things have anything to do with privacy on social media.

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So if you see posts like the ones above, just ignore them. Or, you could explain to the person who posted it that it's just another scam so that other people don't fall for the same trick.

Facebook, along with other popular sites, generally update you when they've made changes to their privacy policy or terms and conditions. It seems the last time Facebook privacy policy changes went into effect was in January 2015, they even rolled out Privacy Basics to help users understand the scope of the changes. To read Facebook's data policy about the content you share, click here.

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Source: Inquisitr
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