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Offline Maik

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Facebook privacy hoax
« on: Thursday, 08 January, 2015 @ 12:10:10 »
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Since the start of the year there's been a resurgence of posting of copyright/privacy notices on Facebook. They're based on a two-year-old hoax. Why do they keep coming back, asks Gareth Rubin.

"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)."

Have you seen this status - or a variant - posted to your friends' Facebook profile recently? If so they have fallen for a hoax that has been doing the rounds since 2012 and will not die, no matter how many times it is debunked.

The message suggests that Facebook is planning to grab and sell users' photos and videos. In response, thousands of the social media giant's members have reposted the above status, or a variation. But it is nonsense. Facebook does not own copyright to user's content, it only has to right to distribute it - which is the whole point of the site.

You cannot retroactively cancel the permission you have granted Facebook when you first signed up. The only way to prevent the company sharing and distributing your content is to entirely deactivate your account.

In response to the privacy postings, many people on Twitter and Facebook itself have commented that the best thing about this notice is that it tells them which of their friends are gullible enough to fall for a hoax that is years old.
http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-30716493

Offline TonyKath

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Re: Facebook privacy hoax
« Reply #1 on: Thursday, 08 January, 2015 @ 14:02:01 »
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...The only way to prevent the company sharing and distributing your content is to entirely deactivate your account.
http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-30716493

Or not bother in the first place!  [Reason not to be on FB #2,308]

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Re: Facebook privacy hoax
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday, 18 October, 2016 @ 20:06:08 »
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Facebook privacy hoax chain letter rises from the grave: AGAIN!

Remember, there are real ways to protect your privacy on Facebook. You can:
•Not sign up for an account in the first place.
•Cancel your account, though this might not allow you to reclaim all your rights over your content.
•Learn how to lock down the privacy on your Facebook account.
•Learn three tips to avoid Facebook hoaxes.
https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2016/10/18/facebook-privacy-hoax-chain-letter-rises-from-the-grave-again/

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Re: Facebook privacy hoax
« Reply #3 on: Thursday, 20 October, 2016 @ 18:15:40 »
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Facebook privacy hoax chain letter rises from the grave: AGAIN!

Remember, there are real ways to protect your privacy on Facebook. You can:
•Not sign up for an account in the first place.
...
https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2016/10/18/facebook-privacy-hoax-chain-letter-rises-from-the-grave-again/

 :btu:     :rofl:

Tony