Do you still find yourself checking in with Facebook every day? Even after all of the privacy issues that have been uncovered?
Between the Cambridge Analytica scandal and having 50 million accounts taken over by hackers recently, you might want to rethink your position.
But if you insist on sticking with Facebook, there’s a post going viral that you need to watch out for.
Are your private Facebook posts safe?
A message that’s gone viral on Facebook claims that your private posts are no longer safe. There’s plenty of evidence that your privacy isn’t safe with Facebook, but this claim is completely false.
What we’re talking about is a message that’s circulating, claiming that everything you’ve ever posted on Facebook is being made public … TOMORROW!
You’re then encouraged to copy and paste the warning onto your timeline. That’s because it contains this statement:
“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.”
But don’t fall for any of it, it’s all a hoax.
There are a couple different versions of the message going around but they all make the same point, that your information is going public tomorrow. Here’s one example that we’ve found:
Why is this happening?
For whatever reason, someone must have thought it would be fun to see how many people they could trick into reposting this message. Unfortunately, it worked and tons of people are making it go viral.
In reality, versions of the message have been around for years and pop their ugly heads up every now and then to fool more people. Part of the original message came from back in 2012 when Facebook became a publicly traded company and had its IPO.
At the time, Mark Zuckerberg released the following statement about it:
“There is a rumor circulating that Facebook is making a change related to ownership of users’ information or the content they post to the site. This is false. Anyone who uses Facebook owns and controls the content and information they post, as stated in our terms.
“They control how that content and information is shared. That is our policy, and it always has been.”
Something else to think about is how realistic would it actually be to enforce legal action just by posting a statement on Facebook. Common sense should help people understand this is ridiculous.
Don’t be that person to keep a hoax like this going. And don’t forget to share this story with your friends and family so they know their information is safe. At least for now.
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