Monday, November 26, 2012

Facebook Privacy hoax got a boost amidst the arrests over ‘freedom of expression’

Wow…another Hoax that got wings in Facebook amid the recent arrests over ‘Democratic freedom of Expression’… The guy has really a time sense to circulate the one cleverly. The hoax is about who owns the content you post on to Facebook. Very cleverly the message implies that since Facebook is now a publicly owned company anything that you as a user share on the site is public property and therefore open to commercial use.

The following reads the message for your reference.

“In response to the new Facebook guidelines I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details, illustrations, comics, paintings, professional photos and videos, etc. (as a result of the Berne Convention). For commercial use of the above my written consent is needed at all times!

(Anyone reading this can copy this text and paste it on their Facebook Wall. This will place them under protection of copyright lawsBy the present communiqué, I notify Facebook that it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, disseminate, or take any other action against me on the basis of this profile and/or its contents. The aforementioned prohibited actions also apply to employees, students, agents and/or any staff under Facebook’s direction or control. The content of this profile is private and confidential information. The violation of my privacy is punished by law (UCC 1 1-308-308 1-103 and the Rome Statute).

Facebook is now an open capital entity. All members are recommended to publish a notice like this, or if you prefer, you may copy and paste this version. If you do not publish a statement at least once, you will be tacitly allowing the use of elements such as your photos as well as the information contained in your profile status updates…”

This is a hoax. Be clear on the ground that with Facebook going public doesn’t mean that the copyright agreement that existed earlier is void. Get in the mind that posting this message will not protect you. It is for sure that the copyright and privacy agreements one has entered into with Facebook while signing up for the account (or the ones that changes by official facebook email) are not null or void just because it’s a public trading company now.

The most important thing that you must need to know is that your posts on Facebook are not always public, and it depends on your posting options. If you still have any doubt on which post is public, have a closer look at the symbol that appears when you share a message, link or a photo. For example, if you see a tiny Globe next to your message it means you’re sharing this with the public and not just your friends. This also means it’s searchable on the web. This holds true for photos, updates and links too.
If you really don’t wanna be searchable / want to be a private person, change the ‘public’ sharing mode. It is damn easy. To change from ‘public’ post, click on the globe icon and change to just friends or just yourself or customize to share it with a select few. 

PLEASE Remember that sharing the above message won’t really hide your Facebook content from the web, if your settings are public. As far your content on Facebook is concerned, for now the ‘friends only’ setting should be good enough when you share something.

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