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Facebook Privacy Notice Fake

How the scam works:

(with video below) A “Facebook Privacy Notice” is making its rounds on Facebook as you are reading this. Thousands of users are posting it to their profiles not knowing it is a fake. There are a few versions of the "Notice" and they are similar to another hoax scammers came up with a couple of years ago. Users were led to believe that posting a similar notice on a website would protect that site's administrators from prosecution of media piracy. How does the scam work?

Watch the video below now to see in action the Facebook Privacy Notice Hoax exposed:

Facebook Privacy Hoax Exposed Video

But back to this one. You might see on your friends' walls a text 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. 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."

 

According to the myth-busting site Snopes, posting a “privacy notice” or some other disclaimer on your profile won’t protect you from the consequences of illegal activity. Not to mention that the fact that Facebook is now a publicly-traded company doesn’t have any bearing on the terms of their Privacy Policy - which all users must agree to follow when they sign up.

If you remember (if you did read the fine print) when you agreed to the terms, you accepted how Facebook uses and shares your personal information. Regardless of whatever legal standing a government agency has or doesn’t have in terms of searching your Facebook profile for information, posting a supposed “privacy notice” on your profile doesn’t change a thing.

 

Also, if you read the whole "Notice" carefully, you will see a mention of the Uniform Commerical Code (UCC) 1-103 1-308. If you don't know what that is, the UCC deals with commerical law in the United States and has absolutely nothing to do with privacy.

 

How to avoid the Facebook Privacy Hoax:

This is another reminder that anything you post on social media becomes public information. That's why it is called "social" and "media". If you really want something to be confidential, then posting it online is not the brightest idea. Stay away from scams.

 

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