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The truth about the Facebook privacy notice. Spoiler alert… its a hoax.

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The Facebook privacy notice hoax is back and ready to trap willing victims. A word to the wise… don’t waste your time reposting the privacy message.

 

Global – Do not fall for this scam, as it has surfaced on social media before, in a different form… but really, almost exactly the same.

The Rome Statute hoax privacy notice message seems to have gotten a new lease of life thanks to the absurd legal jargon (what has Rome have to do with Facebook?).

The declaration (which you may have seen many of your friends sharing) is as follows:

Better to be safe than sorry. An attorney advised us to post this. Good enough for me. The violation of privacy can be punished by law. NOTE: Facebook is now a public entity. All members must post a note like this. If you do not publish a statement at least once, it will be tacitly understood that you are allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in your profile status updates.

I HEREBY STATE THAT I DO NOT GIVE MY PERMISSION.

Copy and re-post.

Deadline tomorrow !!! Everything you’ve ever posted becomes public from tomorrow. Even messages that have been deleted or the photos not allowed. It costs nothing for a simple copy and paste, better safe than sorry. Channel 13 News talked about the change in Facebook’s privacy policy. I do not give Facebook or any entities associated with Facebook permission to use my pictures, information, messages or posts, both past and future. With 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 If you do not publish a statement at least once it will be tactically allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in the profile status updates.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. Copy and paste

Another version is something similar to this:

Deadline tomorrow !!!

Everything you’ve ever posted becomes public from tomorrow. Even messages that have been deleted or the photos not allowed. It costs nothing for a simple copy and paste, better safe than sorry.

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.

3 questions come to mind…

When is “tomorrow” actually taking place if people just keep posting it everyday… it’s like a vicious cycle of tomorrow never comes.

Secondly… do you even know what Rome Statute is??? Got nothing to do with facebook or privacy friends, it’s based on four core international crimes: genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression.

And lastly… how many of you have ever watched Channel 13 News? Exactly.

The hoax has literally gone viral, with many people sharing it. So viral in fact that Facebook has created a notice page to assist users in not falling for the hoax.

Facebook privacy notice hoax

We suggest you do not fall for any of these scams, and if paranoid, it is better to go to the privacy settings on Facebook and turn it to the “only me” option.

This would be more effective than sharing the fake privacy protection notice for sure.


Sources: Facebook
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