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Facebook ‘Privacy Notice’ goes viral again, and yes it is still a hoax

The Facebook Privacy Notice scam is back again this year which invokes strange legal statutes to 'protect' user privacy.

By: Tech Desk | Updated: July 3, 2016 10:14:36 am
Facebook, Facebook Privacy Notice, Facebook privacy hoax, Facebook hoax, Facebook Privacy scam, Facebook fake notice, Facebook Rome Statute, Facebook legal notice, technology, technology news Facebook Privacy Notice Hoax is back in 2016, claiming to protect your data. And yes it is still a hoax. (Source: Reuters)

The Facebook Privacy Notice scam is back again this year. You might have noticed the ‘legal’-sounding message which claims to ‘protect’ a user’s content, because Facebook will now make even private posts public.  The hoax had surfaced in 2012, in 2014, 2015 and now is being shared on the social media site again, with the format pretty much the same.

Facebook can keep issuing fact-checks, declarations, perhaps even make Live videos telling people that sharing the messaging doesn’t mean anything, but the scam just keeps resurfacing.

The latest Facebook ‘copyright declaration’ reads like this,

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 If you do not publish a statement at least once it will be tactically allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in the profile status updates.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

Another variant being shared says, “Channel 13 News was just talking about this change in Facebook’s privacy policy,” followed by the ‘privacy’ protection notice.

Facebook being a public company, doesn’t mean the privacy policy changes and goes for a toss. And no Facebook can’t use your photos for ads.

If you’re still not convinced this legal update is a hoax, try Google searching “Rome Statute” and you’ll find that it formed International Criminal Court at Hague, and has nothing to do with privacy or Facebook.

For those of you still paranoid about your Facebook privacy, go to settings and turn everything to only me, so that even your friends can’t see what you post. Because frankly, it will more effective than sharing this ‘Privacy’ protection update.

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