Thursday, June 30, 2016

Facebook ‘Copyright Hoax’: don't be stupid my friend

NO…NO..NO…Facebook is NOT making all of your photos public.

And please stop posting the hoax on your FB page. It’s not because, I am very concerned about you and I am your well-wisher, it's simply because….I am getting frustrated by seeing this crap for last few days.

My dear friends (in FB) use a little common sense before believing anything you read online. Given how popular this message was back in 2012 and 2013, it really is a surprise that many Facebook users continue to be duped by such a hoax, yet here I am, once again concisely explaining that this is just nonsense.

A version of the post (it has many versions with few changes):

All your posts can become public tomorrow . Even the messages that have been deleted or the photos not allowed. After all, it does not cost anything for a simple copy and paste Better safe than sorry is right. Channel 13 News was just talking about this change in Facebook's privacy policy. Better safe than sorry. I do not give Facebook or any entities associated with Facebook permission to use my pictures, information, messages or posts, both past and future. By this statement, I give notice to Facebook it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, or take any other action against me based on this profile and/or its contents. The content of this profile is private and confidential information. The violation of privacy can be punished by law (UCC 1-308- 1 1 308-103 and the Rome Statute). NOTE: Facebook is now a public entity. All members must post a note like this. If you prefer, you can copy and paste this version. If you do not publish a statement at least once it will be tactically allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in the profile status updates. DO NOT SHARE. You must copy n paste.

Let me dissect the whole news –

1. Channel 13 News – I have never heard of such a news channel. Yes, there is a channel named as News 13.

2. L.111, 112 and 113 of the code of intellectual property law: the only thing that holds some merit is the article numbers (the guy who spread panic among users, has done some homework to get article number, good job man J ) . Under the Subject of Copy Right chapter,
  • Articles L111-1 to L111-5 deals with subject to copyright by nature of copyright
  •  Articles L112-1 to L112-4 deals with subject to copyright for protected Works
  • Articles L113-1 to L113-9 deals with subject to copyright for owners of copyright

But, it has nothing to do with the message. Facebook has a data policy that governs how information is shared and states that users select what information is public and private. Only users can turn their posts, photos and so on from private to public.

3. UCC 1-308 1-308 1-103 and the Rome Statute:
  •  UCC (the US Uniform Commercial Code): The UCC deals with commercial law in the United States, and nothing to do with privacy and social networking
  • Rome Statute is about global laws from the International Criminal Court covering war crimes and genocide, and NOT for the INTERNET

And, if you are still confused and not convinced, please check Facebook India page with this Link ( 

Facebook responded to the hoax status on Wednesday (29th June 2016), saying: “You may have seen a post telling you to copy and paste a notice to retain control over things you share on Facebook. Don't believe it. You own your content and can control how it is shared through your privacy settings.”

If you are really worried about privacy -

If you are concerned about their privacy on Facebook, there are settings that limit strangers from accessing any posts, photos or content that has been shared by you. The Privacy Settings option, which can be accessed from the top right-hand menu, allows users to review posts, limit the audience for posts, choose who can send friend requests, lookup using the email address, phone number provided on the profile. In fact, Facebook allows users to block specific people on the platform.

Last words:

Social media can be a great way of sharing and disseminating information, but this great tool is devalued every time misinformation manages to shoot across social media as rapidly as this nonsense has.

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