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The Facebook Privacy Notice Hoax is back and yes it is still a Hoax

The Facebook Privacy Notice scam is again back. You might have noticed the ‘legal’-sounding message which claims to ‘protect’ a user’s content, because Facebook will now make even private posts public.  The hoax also came in year 2012, 2014, 2015 and now is being shared on the social media site again this year, with pretty much same format.

Facebook can keep issuing fact-checks, declarations, perhaps even make Live videos telling people that sharing the messaging doesn’t mean anything, but the scam just keeps resurfacing.

The latest Facebook ‘copyright declaration’ is like this,

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 If you do not publish a statement at least once it will be tactically allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in the profile status updates.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

Another variant being shared says, “Channel 13 News was just talking about this change in Facebook’s privacy policy,” followed by the ‘privacy’ protection notice.

Facebook Privacy Update Fake Notice
This Message Is Being Posted All Around On Facebook

Facebook is a public company, it doesn’t mean the privacy policy changes and you won’t get a notice. And no Facebook can’t use your photos for ads or any other purpose.

If you’re still not convinced this legal update is a hoax, then today Facebook official page has posted that copy and paste scam is fake. Don’t believe it and don’t share it.

Share this article with your friends and let people know this Privacy Update Notice is all FAKE.

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Shubham Mishra

Founder and Chief Editor at PaidFreeDroid. Shubham likes to keep on top of the tech world and loves to help people around him who face day to day trouble with technology.

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