Facebook is always full of surprises, and its users have to be aware at all times for new hoaxes. Not this time, because the latest Facebook hoax is gaining grounds again to do with privacy settings and legal copyright notice.
An automated notification explaining in detail about new updates to Facebook’s usage terms and polices were sent out globally, which will start in January 2015. Since this official news was released an old hoax has also resurfaced where if Facebook users posted a somewhat “legal notice” on their wall it will protect them against the copyright and privacy rights from being broken by the social media network.
The notice said, “Due to the fact that Facebook has chosen to involve software that will allow the theft of my personal information, I state: at this date of November 27, 2014, in response to the new guidelines of Facebook, pursuant to articles L.111, 112 and 113 of the code of intellectual property, I declare that my rights are attached to all my personal data drawings, paintings, photos, video, texts etc…. published on my profile and my page. For commercial use of the foregoing my written consent is required at all times. Those who read this text can do a copy/paste on their Facebook wall. This will allow them to place themselves under the protection of copyright. By this statement, I tell Facebook that it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, broadcast, or take any other action against me on the basis of this profile and or its content. The actions mentioned above also apply to employees, students, agents and or other personnel under the direction of Facebook.”
It also said, “The content of my profile contains private information. The violation of my privacy is punishable by law (UCC 1-308 1-308 1-103 and the Rome Statute). Facebook is now an open capital entity. All members are invited to publish a notice of this kind, or if they prefer, you can copy and paste this version. If you have not published this statement at least once, you tacitly allow the use of elements such as your photos as well as the information contained in the profile update.”
By posting a legal notice on your Facebook wall will not protect your copyright and privacy rights. For more information please visit Snopes as they explain more in detail, and pass your own judgement.