Fake ‘Privacy Notice’ Irks Facebook; Users Worried
By on June 6th, 2012

Like I said in my previous post, Facebook is the best place to spread rumors and hoax messages to thousands of people in no time. This is one of the biggest problems with Facebook, where users inevitably spread messages that look controversial, but are baseless and have nothing in common with reality.

A “Facebook privacy notice” has gone viral on the social networking site through status updates and “shares” in the past few days. The so-called “privacy notice” reads as follows:

Facebook is now a publicly traded entity. Unless you state otherwise, anyone can infringe on your right to privacy once you post to this site. It is recommended that you and other members post a similar notice as this, or you may copy and paste this version. If you do not post such a statement once, then you are indirectly allowing public use of items such as your photos and the information contained in your status updates. worriedFacebook Privacy

PRIVACY NOTICE: Warning — any person and/or institution and/or agent and/or agency of any governmental structure including but not limited to the United States Federal Government also using or monitoring/using this website or any of its associated websites, you do NOT have my permission to utilize any of my profile information nor any of the content contained herein including, but not limited to my photos, and/or the comments made about my photos or any other “picture” art posted on my profile.

You are hereby notified that you are strictly prohibited from disclosing, copying, distributing, disseminating, or taking any other action against me with regard to this profile and the contents herein. The foregoing prohibitions also apply to your employee, agent, student or any personnel under your direction or control.

The contents of this profile are private and legally privileged and confidential information, and the violation of my personal privacy is punishable by law. UCC 1-103 1-308 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED WITHOUT PREJUDICE. (M)

The above spreading viral message is a hoax and none of it is true. The main idea behind this post, whosoever started it, is based on the fact about Facebook’s recent listing as a publicly traded company, which according to the rumor indicates that it will affect its users’ privacy. However, this is simply a wrong assumption.

Although Facebook became a publicly traded company last month, it has not made any changes to its privacy policy, and makes it a top priority to keep user information safe and secured. If Facebook ever makes any changes to the privacy policy, it would definitely notify all its users about the changes. So, don’t panic!

Additionally, the Uniform Commercial Codes cited at the end of the post, “UCC 1-103 1-308″ is completely unrelated to Facebook’s privacy policy, and thus making its inclusion irrelevant.

This rumor is very much similar to “Facebook or its third-party advertisers to user photos in ads“, which also has been reportedly spreading rapidly on the social networking giant.

Here’s an update that Facebook posted:

We have noticed a recent status update that is being widely shared implying the ownership of your Facebook content has recently changed. This is not true and has never been the case.

Facebook Privacy

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Author: Joel Fernandes Google Profile for Joel Fernandes
Joel Fernandes (G+) is a tech enthusiast and a social media blogger. During his leisure time, he enjoys taking photographs, and photography is one of his most loved hobbies. You can find some of his photos on Flickr. He does a little of web coding, and maintains a tech blog of his own - Techo Latte. Joel is currently pursuing his Masters in Computer Application from Bangalore, India. You can get in touch with him on Twitter - @joelfernandes, or visit his Facebook Profile for more information.

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