Did You Fall For The Facebook Privacy Notice Hoax?

By November 27, 2012

If you’ve logged on to Facebook in the last few days, every person you know has probably posted a status update that starts with the words  “I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details…”  and then goes on for about the height of a whole friggin’ laptop screen. It all started after a notice about privacy policy changes was sent out Thanksgiving Eve. My first reaction was “LOL!  Aunt Jeri is worried about copyrighting all of the Draw Something photos she loaded!” Then I thought  “This is BS, guys!” But like always,  I ended up getting slightly paranoid and started to wonder if I should repost too.  Luckily, I’m lazy. Because once again it’s just another Facebook hoax.

The worst part is all of those annoying poo-pooers who posted links to snopes.com were right. OR WERE THEY?

Yeah, they were.  I mean to be clear, users are granting Facebook the right to use, distribute and share posted items subject to its terms of service and user privacy settings, but copying and pasting a status update doesn’t change jack. It does however give us an awesome excuse to revisit this meme.

The fact that this is a hoax, doesn’t mean that people’s ire about Facebook’s much-hated privacy policies hasn’t been raised again. Some are even claiming that the repost is more of a protest than an actual attempt to protect one’s personal information and images. Facebook users do have until noon Wednesday to weigh in on the changes to the privacy policy. Facebook’s chief privacy officer, Erin Egan, will address suggestions about the proposal once the comment period is over. I’m sure thousands of Facebook users will have lots to say about it and I’m sure Facebook will totally listen to all of the suggestions and then not implement a single one of them.  I pretty much agree with this guy:

Are you fed up with Facebook? Tell me all your Facebook fears and complaints @desijedeikin or in the comments below!

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Desi Jedeikin

Desi Jedeikin

Desi Jedeikin is a Los Angeles based writer and performer. She has appeared in numerous sketch comedy/improv shows at venues in L.A., including the Groundlings Theater, Comedy Central Stage, and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, where she played Squeaky Fromme in the infamous alternative comedy show Comedy Death Ray. Unfinished projects include a memoir and a musical based on the life and death of JonBenet Ramsey. She has lots of other brilliant ideas she might complete. She really just needs more encouragement. You can follow Desi on Twitter: @Desijedeikin Here: truecrimejunkie.com And here too: xoJane.com She likes being followed.