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:

Channel 13 News was just talking about this change in Facebook’s privacy policy. Better safe than sorry. As of October 14, 2013 at 5:50pm Eastern standard time, I do not give Facebook or any entities associated with Facebook permission to use my pictures, information, or posts, both past and future. By this statement, I give notice to Facebook it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, or take any other action against me based on this profile and/or its contents. The content of this profile is private and confidential information. The violation of privacy can be punished by law (UCC 1-308- 1 1 308-103 and the Rome Statute). NOTE: Facebook is now a public entity. All members must post a note like this. If you prefer, you can copy and paste this version. If you do not publish a statement at least once it will be tactically allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in the profile status updates. DO NOT SHARE. You MUST copy and Paste

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:

Before you can use Facebook, you must indicate your acceptance of that social network’s legal terms, which includes its privacy policy and its terms and policies. You cannot alter your acceptance of that agreement, nor can you restrict the rights of entities who are not parties to that agreement, simply by posting a notice to your Facebook account or citing the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) or the Berne Convention. (One of the common legal talismans referenced above is UCC Section 1-308, which has long been popular among conspiracy buffs who incorrectly maintain that citing it above your signature on an instrument will confer upon you the ability to invoke extraordinary legal rights.)

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

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