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HOAX – “Recommended by a Lawyer” Facebook Privacy Statement

by Brett M. Christensen

This long circulated message claims that, because Facebook is now a public entity, all members should post a privacy statement on Facebook to protect their photographs and other information from being used without their permission.

Supposedly, posting the statement has been recommended by a lawyer. Some versions suggest that an attorney advised that users post the message.

However, the claims in the message are total nonsense. Posting such a statement will do nothing at all to protect your privacy or any of the information or photographs that you post on Facebook.  
The notice has no legal standing whatsoever. And, no competent lawyer is ever likely to recommend posting such a notice.

When you sign up for a Facebook account, you agree to abide by a set of terms and policies put in place by the company. Nothing you subsequently post on the platform will modify or subvert this agreement in any way.

In fact, this silly message is just one incarnation in a long line of “Privacy Notice” hoaxes that we have discussed on Hoax-Slayer since 2012.

Sharing such pointless nonsense will achieve nothing and help nobody.

This video from CollegeHumor hilariously lampoons these ridiculous hoaxes:

Examples:

Better to be safe than sorry. An attorney advised us to post this. Good enough for me. The violation of privacy can be punished by law. NOTE: Facebook is now a public entity. All members must post a note like this. If you do not publish a statement at least once, it will be tacitly understood that you are allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in your profile status updates. I HEREBY STATE THAT I DO NOT GIVE MY PERMISSION.
FRI 11:28 AM

 

Recommended by a lawyer.
The violation of privacy can be punished by law
Note: Facebook is now a public entity. All members must post a note like this. If you haven’t issued a statement at least once, it will be technically understood that you allow the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in your updates of profile status.
I declare that I have not given my permission to Facebook to use my photos or any information in my profile,, my updates and my statuses !
Make a copy paste! (now hold your finger on the text, click on copy, made a post and paste )
Do not share!!!


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