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Well, Facebook users have fallen for it again. Another hoax is circulating the internet claiming that all of your Facebook posts will go public.

A similar hoax seems to make its way from profile to profile every few months or so. But here’s the thing, it’s not likely your Facebook posts will EVER go public. Even if they did, a simple copy and paste status on your profile is not going to protect you from it. Here’s the latest hoax:

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. 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. 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 If you do not publish a statement at least once it will be tactically allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in the profile status updates.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. Copy and paste

Who the heck is ‘Channel 13 News’ and why are they so credible?

Snopes explains the Facebook hoax in great detail. But, here’s why a simple status will not ‘protect’ you from any privacy changes.

Before you can use Facebook, you must indicate your acceptance of that social network’s legal terms, which includes its privacy policy and its terms and policies. You can neither alter your acceptance of that agreement nor restrict the rights of entities who are not parties to that agreement simply by posting a notice to your Facebook account, citing the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), or referencing the Berne Convention.

So please, stop posting this nonsense. Also, if you’re truly scared a post or photo of yours will go public maybe don’t put it on Facebook. Just a thought.

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