Two status updates circulating the social media monster are masked as a legally-binding message to protect Facebook photos and profile info from copyright inveiglement. The first one has been making its rounds since 2012;
As of September 28th , 2015 at 10:50p.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 If you do not publish a statement at least once it will be tactically allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in the profile status updates.
The second states that users would need to purchase a monthly subscription for $5.99 to ensure posts to stay private. This one has been scaring users since 2011;
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.
“This is false. Anyone who uses Facebook owns and controls the content and information they post, as stated in our terms,” Facebook stated in the post. “They control how that content and information is shared. That is our policy, and it always has been.”
Don’t forget that in the Facebook Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, it clearly says, “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.”
It explains further, “For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos (IP content), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy and application settings: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (IP License).”
— Facebook (@facebook) September 28, 2015
The Facebook hoaxes don’t stop there.
A new scam making its social rounds, promises users that they can get a dislike button put on their profiles. This one started after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that an alternative to “like” is on the way”.
We won’t even touch the rumour that spread over the weekend that Robert Plant died.