PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A privacy post is going viral on Facebook (again) and it’s claiming that unless you share the following message, all of your photos, messages and private information will become public.
According to myth-busting site Snopes.com, this particular copyright-related post has been around since November 2012.
Facebook addressed the rumors years ago in a fact-checking blog post regarding the ownership of users’ information or content they post to the site.
“This is false. Anyone who uses Facebook owns and controls the content and information they post, as stated in our terms,” Facebook stated. “They control how that content and information is shared. That is our policy, and it always has been.”
In Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, the company also states that content published using the “Public” setting allows everyone, including non-Facebook users, to access that information. But if you set your content to “Private,” then the rules are different.
Last year, two similar privacy hoaxes resurfaced, causing users to believe their Facebook data would be made public if they didn’t copy/paste the false status.