Facebook Spam: Another Fake Meme Hits Your Wall

5 years ago

In the days since Facebook sent out an email with the subject "Updates to Data Use Policy and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities" to users, another misleading meme has popped up on Facebook. The letter from Facebook announced that there were plans for changes to the Data Use Policy on Facebook and asked users to submit feedback by November 28.

This letter was motivation enough for someone to post a fake Facebook notice and encouraging everyone they knew to share it. The fake Facebook notice starts like this:

In response to the new Facebook guidelines I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details, illustrations, graphics, comics, paintings, photos and videos, etc. (as a result of the Berner Convention). For commercial use of the above my written consent is needed at all times!

This means nothing and does nothing. Sharing it is simply passing along spam. According to Mashable, the fake notice then,

. . . goes on claiming that anyone can copy this text and paste it on their Facebook wall, which supposedly forbids Facebook to "disclose, copy, distribute, disseminate, or take any other action against [the user] on the basis of this profile and/or its contents."

Finally, the notice points out that "Facebook is now an open capital entity.” and that all its members are “recommended to publish a notice like this."

If you get one of these on your Facebook wall, don't share it. If you're feeling really helpful, you might inform the friend who posted it that it isn't protecting them or their privacy in any way.

Virginia DeBolt, BlogHer Section Editor for Tech
Virginia blogs at Web Teacher and First 50 Words.

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