Every so often, a post on Facebook will spread like wildfire, claiming that the site will soon charge users or that the privacy of your content will be harmed — unless you share this post.
The only thing that sharing these posts will accomplish is alert your friends and followers to the fact that you don’t do any research before reposting something on social media.
Recently, versions of this post have been floating around Facebook:
Now it’s official! It is published in the media. Facebook has just released his entry price: € 5,99 to keep the subscription gold of your status of life “private”. If you paste this message on your page, it will be offered free (I said paste not share) if not tomorrow, all your posts can become public. 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. (Just incase)
And this one:
As of September 26th , 2015 at 01:16 a.m. 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 If you do not publish a statement at least once it will be tactically allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in the profile status updates.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
The Rome Statute has absolutely nothing to do with your Facebook account, as it establishes four core international crimes: genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and crimes of aggression. None of these constitute an unknown person looking through your Spring Break photos.
Additionally, though advertisers may strongly disagree, Facebook has stuck to its principles of making sure the site is financially free for users. In the previous quarter, Facebook claimed a cool $4.042 billion in revenue. This is not a company hurting for your $5.99 to operate.
Do yourself (and those who follow your posts) a favor and stop sharing these posts.
To test your privacy settings, or just to learn more about what privacy settings are available to you, look toward the top right corner of your screen. Look for the little lock:
On mobile, go to “More,” then scroll down to tap “Privacy Shortcuts.”
Facebook has robust privacy controls, none of which are affected by posting a status update. If you’re looking for a primer on how to better protect what you share on Facebook, here are a few SocialTimes stories focusing on this topic:
- How to Keep Your Account Secure: New Content in Facebook’s Privacy Basics Portal
- Using the Facebook Activity Log like a boss
- Facebook introduces Privacy Basics, gives users more control over ads
- Facebook changes default privacy settings for new users to friends-only
- Video: Facebook security tips
- How to lock down Facebook privacy — and zip your lips
- Facebook attempts to demystify its privacy settings, will test clearer prompts
Readers: Are you on top of your Facebook privacy?
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