Users across Facebook are posting this to their walls thinking that it’ll protect them from Facebook “infringing on their rights”:
As of September 26 , 2015 at 1514 pacific standard time, I do not give Facebook or any entities associated with Facebook permission to use my pictures, information, 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 If you do not publish a statement at least once it will be tactically allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in the profile status updates.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 and paste.
Now this hoax has been going on for some time now, but it continues to resurface a few times a year. 30 seconds of digging, or rather, Googling, will reveal that this type of posting will do nothing to protect your rights on Facebook.
According to Snopes.com:
If you do not agree with Facebook’s stated policies, you have several options:
- Decline to sign up for a Facebook account.
- Bilaterally negotiate a modified policy with Facebook.
- Lobby for Facebook to amend its policies through its Facebook Site Governance section.
- Cancel your Facebook account.