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

Even the messages that have been deleted or the photos not allowed. Here’s a Facebook-only video Oliver made to address the meme that just refuses to quit, despite the fact that “this meme is a useless hoax” was the top news story in the U.S. yesterday.The ongoing difference in Apple’s product-focused business model and Facebook’s ad-supported model gives insight into the company’s preference for free versus a paid service. Better safe than sorry. In one form of the hoax, users are encouraged to post a legal-sounding screed that begins, “I do declare the following”. Though, as Gizmodo’s Kate Knibbs notes, by using Facebook, you give the company “a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook“. “It suggests users will be asked to pay to keep their profile pages private”.


Also, Facebook will never just turn private posts public. All members must post a note like this. The post continued by saying that it does not cost anything to copy and paste the announcement and that it costs nothing to copy and paste to spread awareness of the alleged fee.

Facebook users of the world’s largest social network were inundated with messages on their news feeds reposted by friends that warned that if they did not act fast, Facebook would be allowed to infringe on their privacy. This was not the first time these statements have flooded your wall, it has occured previously in 2012 and has the same hazy beginnings.

But it’s pointless to pass it around.

As stated in Facebook’s terms of service, a user owns all content posted on the site and has control over how it’s shared by navigating to the privacy and application settings. With these actions, we offer them permission to collect our so-called private information. Facebook privacy settings have remained free of charge and unchanged, a report from The Guardian stated.


Legends like the recurring Facebook message promise to ward off things that we fear or don’t understand: vast corporations, complex copyright laws, the looming specter of big data and disappearing privacy. If you don’t agree with the privacy terms, you can either cancel your account, lobby for a change in the site governance section or bilaterally negotiate with Facebook regarding a modified policy. If you’re using Facebook, you are already bound by those Terms and Conditions.