Once again, Facebook users are the victims of yet another hoax. Actually, this hoax is not even a new one, it is a repeat of hoax that was out June of 2012.
According to reports, the hoax states that Facebook users can simply post a statement saying that they own all of the content on their Facebook wall. However, the terms and conditions that people agreed to when joining Facebook take precedence over the hoax. Declaring digital rights will not change a thing. Facebook still has the right to distribute and use items that are shared on public walls. Pasting a disclaimer does not protect the user.
Facebook writes on its website:
“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.”
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/413314/facebook-warning-hoax-social-network-releases-statement-on-fake-copyright-messages/#Tu5GVrKScjAJiQbB.99
The hoax also states that Facebook has made changes to its ownership of user’s content and information on the public site.
The statement read:
“In response to the new Facebook guidelines I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details, illustrations, comics, paintings, professional photos and videos, etc…. For commercial use of the above my written consent is needed at all times!”
This is not true, nothing has changed. The content that a user posts on Facebook is still owned by the user. Facebook does have certain rights to privacy settings etc that were agreed upon when joining the network. It would benefit all Facebook users to read the terms again and delete their account if they do not agree with them.
The best rule of thumb for all Facebook users is never to post information that they do not wish to share, this is a public forum, and all content is shared. Privacy settings can be made to protect content to a certain degree.
Did you fall for the Facebook warning hoax?
Did you or anyone you know fall for the Facebook warning hoax?