The latest Facebook privacy notice...

Posted on November 27, 2012

If you've seen an influx of your Facebook friends posting status updates trying to protect their personal details, videos, and more, you've seen the results of the latest Facebook hoax.

These lengthy posts state that Facebook cannot "disclose, copy, distribute, disseminate, or take any other action against [the user] on the basis of this profile and/or its contents” and asks you to copy and paste the message onto your own page to protect your postings.

Unfortunately, the entire thing is bogus, as you can see here:

Slate


And here:

Snopes 


And if you're still not convinced, here:

Mashable


There are several key indicators about the validity of these types of postings. To begin, simply posting a status update doesn't supercede the privacy and terms that you accepted when creating your account (You know, that page with a bunch of legal mumbo jumbo that keeps scrolling and scrolling that you have been trained to just click yes on to advance to the next screen). Secondly, it cites the "Berner Convention" for why the status is needed. Unfortunately, it is the "Berne Convention" and dates back to 1886. Lastly, Facebook's recent change to become publicly owned doesn't impact users' privacy.

All that said, Facebook still thought it was prudent to address the concerns of privacy and user information. Facebook's statement read:

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.

As always, Clay Pot Creative is happy to help you navigate the murky waters of social media. Just give us a call!

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