Have YOU been a victim of the latest Facebook hoax?

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By Nep Journal Correspondent:

facebook hoax

Most Facebook users are currently sharing a pre-written status updates that suggest Facebook is about to make their private information public.

This is not the first time this scam is sufficing. Facebook has been forced to issue a statement in 2015 declaring these messages were fake and users should ignore them. These statement still stands.

“While there may be water on Mars, don’t believe everything you read on the internet today. Facebook is free and it always will be. And the thing about copying and pasting a legal notice is just a hoax. Stay safe out there Earthlings.” Reads the statement in part.

“Facebook’s terms of service say that users own all of the content and information they post on Facebook. They can control how it is shared through their privacy and application settings.” It adds.

This isn’t the first time such a hoax has surfaced on Facebook. A version of this message first appeared on the social media site in 2013.

The latest scam plays on widespread fears that Facebook is misusing user data. Here is the message doing rounds:

All your posts can become public tomorrow. Even the messages that have been deleted or the photos not allowed. After all, it does not cost anything for a simple copy and paste

Better safe than sorry is right.

Channel 13 News was just talking about this change in Facebook’s privacy policy. Better safe than sorry. I do not give Facebook or any entities associated with Facebook permission to use my pictures, information, messages 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 If you do not publish a statement at least once it will be tactically allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in the profile status updates.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. Just to be on the safe side.

 

 

 

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