Don’t Share Facebook Privacy Status – It’s a Hoax!

facebook_2015_logo_detailYou can’t believe everything you read on Facebook. While this should go without saying, a large majority of people have likely seen statuses about privacy being shared recently on Facebook, if you haven’t shared it yourself.

Once again, rumors have started swirling about Facebook charging a monthly fee to keep data private. This hoax claims to be a disclaimer that will keep both your wallet and privacy safe. Share this text to your timeline, or be left to pay the fee if you don’t want your personal data shared with the world.

One popular version of the disclaimer reads:

As of September 29, 2015 at 10:50 p.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 If you do not publish a statement at least once it will be tactically allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in the profile status updates.

Or perhaps this version has popped up on your timeline:

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.

Don’t believe a word of it. Hoaxes like these have plagued the social media site for years. In 2012, a similar hoax flooded Facebook statuses.

However, Facebook’s privacy policy clearly states: “You own all of the content and information you post on Facebook, and you can control how it is shared through your privacy and application settings.”