The Facebook Privacy Hoax is at it Again

Facebook has just released the entry price: £5.99 ($9.10) to keep the subscription of your status to be set to “private”. The content of this profile is private and confidential information.


It seems that millions of gullible Facebook users each year copy-and-paste a long declaration “protecting their privacy rights” in their status updates, only to discover they’ve been the victims of an almost-annual viral hoax. If you do not publish a statement at least once it will be tactically allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in the profile status updates. Yes, people have fallen for it once again, but the Facebook privacy hoax newsfeed can be pretty scary when it says if you do not pass the message on by “tomorrow, all your posts can become public”.

Well, that may have just happened, as a false rumor circulating about Facebook disregarding its users’ privacy had many people posting a so-called legal disclaimer to combat such a privacy invasion. Not surprisingly enough, these reports are all but a hoax and pasting the long-winded permission statement actually does nothing, legally speaking.

There’s really not excuse to bitch about Facebook’s privacy settings when you can control everything from this one hub.

A spokesman for the social media giant, Andrew Noyes, said when users post messages and images, “we do not own them”, according to the global Business Times. “Let me stop you right there, and this is important”. 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.

Want to post something but you think your mom will hate it? And he’s giving you ammunition to fire back at them.

Whatever the underlying fears that perpetuate this now routine prank, Facebook responded to this latest one with, of course, a status update: “While there may be water on Mars, don’t believe everything you read on the internet today”. Facebook did mention on their blog post that you can’t use.gifs (yet).

Did you know that there is a page that contains every single action you ever take on Facebook?

We should all be more aware of terms and conditions and how they affect us and remember, that if a service is free it’s very likely that you, and your data, are the product.


So what can you do if you’re concerned about your privacy?

Why do we keep falling for these Facebook hoaxes?