Schemes about privacy spreading on Facebook

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – There are two schemes that have spread across Facebook regarding privacy.

One claimed to be a legally-binding message protecting users from copyright infringement. This first started spreading in 2012.

Read that scheme here:

As of September 28th , 2015 at 10:50p.m. 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 If you do not publish a statement at least once it will be tactically allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in the profile status updates.

The other hoax claimed to let users buy a monthly subscription to ensure privacy for $9.10 a month. It said the only way to avoid paying is to copy and paste the exact post into your status. It stated, by following those directions, the user would not be charged to make the account private. This first started spreading in 2011.

Read that here:

Now it’s official! It has been published in the media. Facebook has just released the entry price: £5.99 ($9.10) 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.

Years ago, Facebook addressed the rumors in a blog post. They said anyone who uses the site already owns and controls the content and information they post:

“This is false. Anyone who uses Facebook owns and controls the content and information they post, as stated in our terms,” Facebook stated in the post. “They control how that content and information is shared. That is our policy, and it always has been.”

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