Thousands fall for Facebook privacy hoax – again


A Facebook privacy message warning users about posting photos and other content on the social media site has gone viral for a second time.

The message, which claims it offers protection from Facebook taking ownership of users photos and videos posted to the site, has been posted and shared by tens of thousands of people around the world.

However, there is one problem: this Facebook privacy message is a complete hoax.

The message which is similar to one distributed in 2012 reads:

As of (Date/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 that it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, or take any other action against me based on this profile is private and confidential information. The violation of privacy can be punished by law (UCC 1-308-11 308-103 and 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 If you do not publish this statement at least once it will be tactically allowing the use of your photos, as well as information contained in the profile status updates. DO NOT SHARE. You MUST copy and paste to make this your status. I will leave a comment so it will be easier to copy and paste!!!

The reality is that users posts are already protected as Facebook doesn’t own the copyright to any of its users posts and only has the right to share and distribute users content, subject to the privacy settings of their account, as stated in Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities.

There is also another message related to Facebook privacy doing the rounds, which is similar to the one above and which is also a hoax.

This message mentions the ‘Berner Convention’ and reads:

In response to the new Facebook guidelines, I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details, illustrations, comics, paintings, professional photos and videos, etc. (as a result of the Berner Convention). For commercial use of the above my written consent is needed at all times!

The main problem with this Facebook privacy message, and perhaps rather embarrassingly for the people who have posted the message on their timeline is that the ‘Berner’ Convention doesn’t actually exist.

There is the ‘Berne’ Convention which is an international agreement relating to the protection of copyright, which was established in the Swiss city of Berne.

A spokesperson for Facebook confirmed to reporters in the UK that Facebook does not have any claim to copyright over users content.

If you are concerned about Facebook having some kind of claim to the content you post then you should look at the individual privacy settings of your account.

And if you’re still concerned, then perhaps you should reconsider using Facebook altogether, rather than posting useless messages and statements regarding Facebook privacy to your timeline.

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1 Comment

  1. ChrisWard99 on

    These messages you see on FB mean nothing. Good point in the article – if you don’t want Facebook to access your info, don’t use Facebook full stop!