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Facebook Hoax Surfaces Again!

By piranha

8th January 2015

If you are a regular Facebook user, you will have probably seen the privacy message which has been circulating the site in the past 48 hours.

Thousands of people have reposted the message in an attempt to protect their privacy and data when using the social media platform.

By posting this on your own wall, it claimed that your images, personal details and videos would be safe from Facebook using them.

This is not the first time that this sort of Facebook hoax has appeared on the site, with a similar one taking place back in 2012.

When the hoax first made an appearance, Facebook defended itself against the similar scam, saying that; “There is a rumour circulating that Facebook is making a change related to ownership of users’ information or the content they post to the site. This is false. Anyone who uses Facebook owns and controls the content and information they post, as stated in our terms. They control how that content and information is shared. That is our policy, and it always has been.”

The latest message 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!’

With no sign of any record of ‘the Berner Convention’, internet users began to realise the truth of the scam. This was later confirmed by Snopes, a site which disproves rumours from all over the web.

If you are worried about who sees what you post on the social media site, you have several options. You can change your setting to private, think carefully about what you are posting before you publish or delete your account entirely!

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