Seems like another variation of the Facebook Privacy Hoax is circulating again and by the amount of times I’m seeing this enough in my feed to notice some people are buying into this one like gospel, just as they have earlier wordings.
First-off, FACTS about Facebook’s privacy policies & terms
The fact is that Facebook members own the intellectual property (IP) that is uploaded to the social network, but depending on their privacy and applications settings, users grant the social network “a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (IP License).”
Facebook adds, “[t]his IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it.”
While the social network does not technically own its members content, it has the right to use anything that is not protected with Facebook’s privacy and applications settings. For instance, photos, videos and status updates set to public are fair game.
The latest re-wording of the hoax appearing in 10/2013 goes something like this:
This is simply a hoax, not true and may make users think they have some sort of false sense of protection. Often, with good intentions, they implore friends and family to re-post, further spreading the hoax.
By signing up to have a Facebook account you distinctly agree to Facebook’s Terms of Service and indicate that you will follow their legal terms:
There is nothing, NOTHING you can post on your wall or profile that over-rides the agreement you enter with Facebook when you sign up. The law simply does not work that way. If you are concerned about privacy and who see’s your posts, Facebook gives you all of the control in your Privacy Settings to control who can SEE or SHARE any of your content.
If you do not agree with Facebook’s stated policies, you have several options:
- Decline to sign up for a Facebook account.
- Bilaterally negotiate a modified policy with Facebook.
- Lobby for Facebook to amend its policies through its Facebook Site Governance section.
- Cancel your Facebook account.
(Note that in the last case, you may have already ceded some rights which you cannot necessarily reclaim by canceling your account.)
In short, do yourselves and friends a favor by not sharing this hoax or it’s always changing variations
H/T to Snopes