Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Don't Share The Latest Facebook Hoax.....Please

Research.....it's not a hard thing to do, especially in today's time where we have the almighty Google at our beck and call whenever we want. Unfortunately, most people on the internet would rather hastily post and share things on their Facebook feeds without looking into it for even a second. Because, you know, if it's on Facebook then it's obviously true am I right?

The most recent piece of nonsense to circulate through your Facebook news feed has to deal with Facebook privacy. I'm sure you've seen it. It looks similar to something like this:

"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 (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!
Better safe than sorry is right. Channel 13 News was just talking about this change in Facebook's privacy policy. Better safe than sorry.
As of September 28th 11:30 am 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 If you do not publish a statement at least once it will be tactically allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in the profile status updates. DO NOT SHARE. You MUST copy and paste!"

Just look at it. It has all the appropriate trigger words in it. First it tells you it's "official", then it goes in to talking about paying for Facebook (a common fear that spreads among users). The next trigger word? Private. Privacy is also something these scams attempt to use to stir the pot. Throwing a news channel in there, like Channel 13 News (how generic), is a nice touch. It attempts to give the story a little more credibility. Probably the biggest trick here is the addition of the legal code. It makes the entire thing look really official.

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The fact that the message insists that you copy and paste the status instead of sharing it ensures that it goes around the social media site quicker and hits more people. However, posting this status is entirely pointless and does absolutely nothing because this isn't a real thing. Facebook has absolutely no interest in owning any of your photos or posts. Anything and everything you post on Facebook is yours. In fact, according to a post from Facebook back in 2012, "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."

You aren't preventing Facebook from violating your privacy by copying and pasting some stupid status into your news feed. That's not how it works, that's not how any of this works. When you first created your Facebook account you agreed to the site's Terms of Service. This includes the site's Privacy Policy. Even though Facebook does, at times, update this policy and the ToS, your agreement to those updated terms are implicit.

In addition to that, you have also agreed to give Facebook a "non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook." This comes straight from the site's Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. This means that Facebook can use anything you post on the site to promote itself.

So what have we learned here today? Don't believe everything you read on Facebook. And PLEASE do a little research before you go posting nonsense like this. And should you disagree with Facebook's policies you can always not sign up for Facebook, try to work out a modified privacy policy with the site (like that'll ever happen), ask Facebook to change its policies, or delete your Facebook account.....the choice is yours.

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