PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A privacy post is going viral on Facebook (again) and it’s claiming that unless you share the following message, all of your photos, messages and private information will become public.
It’s not true, according to Snopes, a website that offers truths to urban legends.
“First off, the “problem” this ineffective solution supposedly addresses is a non-existent one: Facebook isn’t claiming copyright to the personal information, photographs, and other material that their users are posting to the social network, nor have they announced any plans that would make all Facebook posts public (even previously deleted ones) regardless of a user’s privacy settings).”
Facebook previously addressed the rumors and issued a statement saying, “There is a rumor 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.”
And on their Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, Facebook says: “You own all of the content and information you post on Facebook, and you can control how it is shared through your privacy and application settings.
Needless to say, it is unnecessary to post a “legal notice” on your wall to protect your copyright and privacy rights.