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Facebook ‘copyright’ declaration again? It’s a hoax and let Jon Oliver explain that

On Facebook, one popular scam that keeps resurfacing every year is a 'legal'-sounding message which aims to 'protect' users content. Sadly it remains a giant fraud

By: Tech Desk |
October 1, 2015 8:46:57 am
Facebook hoax, Facebook copyright messages, Facebook, Facebook copyright declaration, Facebook Jon Oliver video, Facebook Jon Oliver videos, Facebook Hoax, Facebook content hoax, Facebook fake message, Facebook scam, Social media, technology, technology news Facebook copyright declaration? Sounds legal but it is totally fake. (Source: Reuters)

On Facebook, one popular scam that keeps resurfacing every year is a ‘legal’-sounding message which aims to ‘protect’ users content, because apparently Facebook now owns all of it and will make even private posts public. The hoax had surfaced in 2012, in 2014 and is once again back with slight changes in the format.

On example of the latest Facebook ‘copyright declaration’ claims that Facebook will charging some money to keep posts private.

The version reads something 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.” 

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It is followed by a declaration which is similar to earlier messages, where users try and claim that their content is owned by them and not Facebook.

It reads, “As of September 28 2015 9:46pm 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 atleast 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 ” 

You’d think that people would have figured out by now, not to fall for this scam, but apparently it’s still a popular one that goes viral. Facebook has once again warned users that the message is hoax.  According to CNET, Facebook users were inundated with messages on their news feeds reposted by friends that warn if they don’t act fast, Facebook will be allowed to infringe on their privacy.

Last Week Tonight’s host Jon Oliver, even has an informative video explaining that the ‘legal-sounding’ messaging doesn’t mean anything and it’s even got the Statute wrong. As he explains, Rome Statute formed the International Criminal Court, so yeah it has nothing to do with your Facebook account and its privacy.

Watch the video below: (App users click here)

Facebook issued a statement, saying that the message was a total fraud.   Facebook wrote a post saying, “While there may be water on Mars, don’t believe everything you read on the internet today. Facebook is free and it always will be. And the thing about copying and pasting a legal notice is just a hoax. Stay safe out there Earthlings!” 

Hopefully if you’re shared the message, you can now see that it was not true. Oh and those WhatsApp messages claiming you need to forward it to 100 people to continue keeping your account, are also fake.

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