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Facebook Copyright Rights Hoax


If you see a post going around Facebook about your copyright rights, IT IS A HOAX.

The latest Facebook post version claims that posting the notice is necessary, “Due to the fact that Facebook has chosen to involve software that will allow the theft of my personal information.”

The message doesn’t do any good to post onto your Facebook wall. This type of message first starting circulating on Facebook several years ago. Excerpted from Snopes, “Facebook users cannot retroactively negate any of the privacy or copyright terms they agreed to when they signed up for their accounts, nor can they unilaterally alter or contradict any new privacy or copyright terms instituted by Facebook, simply by posting a contrary legal notice on their Facebook walls.”

Something important to know is that Facebook is about to update its TERMS, DATA POLICY and COOKIES POLICY, effective January 1st, 2015, to reflect new features. Facebook is trying to help users have a good experience with their site. These Facebook updates are specifically; refined privacy settings, refined News Feed settings, better controls for what ads you see and don’t see, as well as getting ready for the retargeted ads based on Facebook login (vs. cookies). Facebook users will be receiving an email from Facebook detailing the changes. Business Insider has some great information on the Facebook privacy policy change, and gives a ‘quick version’ containing the key information.

Mari Smith, who is a go-to person regarding everything Facebook, posted great information to reference “Four Facebook Updates … in plain English!” 

If you want more information, you can read about Facebook’s official updated terms taking effect on January 1st, 2015.

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