Have you seen the latest hoax post going around Facebook?

It usually starts something like 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, 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.  I HEREBY STATE THAT I DO NOT GIVE MY PERMISSION”

This is a Hoax!

Don’t believe this information – Snopes has proven that this hoax is simply untrue.  The law doesn’t work that way and Facebook isn’t trying to claim copy-write/ownership of your pictures, information, etc.

Facebook published this statement:  “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. Click here to learn more: www.facebook.com/policies.”

So Is Your Information Safe?

Here’s the thing you always must remember when posting anything online, on ANY site – although you remain “owner” of those pictures or content, by posting on a public platform, you imply the right to others to share what you post.  Nothing you post publicly can be considered private or secret.  Once you put it out there, many, many people can access it.  Assume that whatever you are typing of Facebook or Twitter, or even your business website is out there for everyone to see.

Want To Keep Stuff Private?

Simple answer – don’t post it online!  It sounds simple but when people message others or send emails to others, the think that only that person will have access to it.  It may be the case, but it also can be “hacked” by very simple methods.  If you don’t want it out there, don’t share it online.  To read more from Snopes:  https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/facebook-posts-made-public/

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