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Facebook 'copyright' warning is a hoax

Hoax message urging Facebook users to protect their privacy goes viral

Facebook 'copyright' warning is a hoax

A fake Facebook copyright message claiming to protect users' media went viral yesterday urging people to copy and paste the message as their status and post it on their own walls if they want to be placed "under protection of copyright laws."

While there are some variations, most of the warnings look like this:

"Better safe than sorry right. Channel 13 news was just talking about this change in Facebook's privacy policy. Better safe than sorry. As of January 3rd, 2015 at 11:43am Easter 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 is private and confidential information. The violation of privacy can be punished by law (UCC 1-308-11 308-103 and Rome statute). NOTE: Facebook is now a public entity. All members must post a note like this. If you prefer, you can copy and past this version.

"If you do not publish this statement at least once it will be tactically allowing the use of your photos, as well as information contained in the profile status updates. DO NOT SHARE you MUST copy and paste to make this I will leave a comment so it will be easier to copy and paste!"

The statement is a hoax and online media are encouraging people to ignore it and "not to bother copy and pasting."

In its Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, which was last modified on 13 November 2013, Facebook makes it clear that users own all the content and information they post on Facebook. The company also adds that users can control how their information is shared through the privacy and application settings.

Channel 13 News has responded to the hoax on its Facebook page: "PLEASE SHARE: We have NOT reported on a change in Facebook's privacy policy. Any ‘viral' post that says that we have is false.

"Thanks for helping us spread the word!"

A site dedicated to clearing up fallacies on the Internet, Snopes.com also advised Facebook users that posting any declarations is a waste of time: "Facebook users cannot retroactively negate any of the privacy or copyright terms they agreed to when they signed up for their Facebook accounts nor can they unilaterally alter or contradict terms instituted by Facebook simply by posting a contrary legal notice on their Facebook walls."

A similar hoax message spread across the social network last year.

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