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Removing An Old Setting’ Facebook Notification Message

by Brett M. Christensen

Facebook users have reported receiving messages that state “In a few days we’ll be removing an old Facebook setting you’ve used in the past”.

The messages are genuine, and they are really are from Facebook. The messages provide detailed information about the impending change.

Given that scammers often send fake messages pretending to be from Facebook, some users have been concerned that the notification messages are fraudulent.
But, Facebook is indeed making the change outlined in the notification. Users may receive a pop-up notice about the change as well as the email. Only users who have previously had the setting enabled will receive the notifications. Facebook justifies the change by claiming that the setting was not often used and that users can better control their privacy via other settings and features.

Nevertheless, the move has caused some controversy and concern among privacy advocates.

Any concerns aside, you can at least rest assured that the notifications about the issue are genuine.

Example

In a few days we’ll be removing an old Facebook setting you’ve used in the past. You’ll see an announcement on Facebook and have several chances to learn about this before then. We just wanted to tell you about this in advance so you have time to review what’s changing and understand your privacy options.

View the complete message here.

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer