“All Facebook Posts And Chats Will Become Public Tomorrow” — Don’t Fall For This Hoax


facebook-hoax-privacyShort Bytes: Facebook’s semi-annual privacy hoax is back to haunt your news feed. Once again, users are posting senseless declaration on their walls in order to protect their personal posts and pictures. Don’t fall for it–everything you read on the internet isn’t true.

There are good chances that you might have come across the posts from your friends or family, asking Facebook not to share their pictures, posts, or chats with the public. Sounds familiar? It’s surprising to notice that Facebook hoaxes are still a thing in 2016.

I guess people are like, better to be safe than sorry, right? Well, it has once again inspired the people to repost a paragraph-long status to ensure their privacy. Once again, there are lots of variations with different wording.

Here’s how one version goes:

“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 If you do not publish a statement at least once it will be tactically allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in the profile status updates.”

This scary Facebook post talks about a deadline, i.e., Tuesday, October 18, claiming that if people didn’t post this status on their Facebook profile, their pictures and chats will be made public.

Just like the last time, many people have figured out that it’s the same hoax that keeps rising from ashes after a couple of months. These hoaxes go back to at least 2010, when Facebook was gaining popularity among the masses.

In the past, Facebook has also issued a statement clarifying the situation. It says that the Facebook users must understand that the social network doesn’t claim copyright to your pictures and personal information.

“You may have seen a post telling you that you have to copy and paste a notice in order to retain control over things you share on Facebook. Don’t believe it.”

However, it’s worth reminding that one should avoid publicly (as well as privately) sharing personal information and pictures on Facebook.

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Adarsh Verma

Adarsh Verma

Fossbytes co-founder and an aspiring entrepreneur who keeps a close eye on open source, tech giants, and security. Get in touch with him by sending an email — [email protected]
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