A fake Facebook copyright message which claims to protect users’ privacy and personal data stored on to the site has been doing the rounds of the most popular social networking site once again. The viral hoax says that new Facebook terms of service enable the site owners to take over user information even if they decide to delete their account and goes on to tell them how they can exempt themselves from these new guidelines by sharing that silly status update on their wall.
The message has been made to look like a legal piece by inserting some of that jargon into it. The message typically reads:
Due to the fact that Facebook has chosen to involve software that will allow the theft of my personal information, I state: at this date of January 5, 2015, in response to the new guidelines of Facebook, pursuant to articles L.111, 112 and 113 of the code of intellectual property, I declare that my rights are attached to all my personal data drawings, paintings, photos, video, texts etc. published on my profile and my page. For commercial use of the foregoing my written consent is required at all times.
Those who read this text can do a copy/paste on their Facebook wall. This will allow them to place themselves under the protection of copyright. By this statement, I tell Facebook that it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, broadcast, or take any other action against me on the basis of this profile and or its content. The actions mentioned above also apply to employees, students, agents and or other personnel under the direction of Facebook.
The content of my profile contains private information. The violation of my privacy is punishable by law (UCC 1-308 1-308 1-103 and the Rome Statute).
Facebook is now an open capital entity. All members are invited to publish a notice of this kind, or if they prefer, you can copy and paste this version.
If you have not published this statement at least once, you tacitly allow the use of elements such as your photos as well as the information contained in the profile update.
This is not the first instance of such bogus messages going viral over the hugely popular site. Snopes, a site which clears up myths on the internet, says that the same message has been around since 2012 now and keeps surfacing and going viral every few months when a few idiots start believing it. They also explain the users of the site how they cannot exempt themselves from the supposedly new guidelines of the social site by sharing a status update.
“You can’t protect yourself from a site’s terms of service by claiming to be exempt — you agree to the terms by signing up for an account,” says Snopes.
Besides that, they also want the users on Facebook to understand that their data belongs to them and has not been taken over by the Zuckerberg owned network. If you do see this message in your NewsFeed, please do not share it- it is nothing but a bagful of crap.