(Toledo News Now) - A fake privacy notice has been circulating Facebook, leading users to believe their personal information and content is protected from unauthorized copying, when in reality, privacy restrictions cannot be overruled.
The site, Mashable, reports the notice started spreading shortly after Facebook posted new privacy guidelines letting users address concerns with proposed changes.
According to Mashable and Time Tech, the text of the notice is as follows:
"In response to the new Facebook guidelines, I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details, illustrations, graphics, comics, paintings, photos, and videos, etc. (as a result of the Berner Convention). For any and all commercial use of the above, my written consent is required in every instance.
"(Those reading this may copy and paste this text on their Facebook walls. This will place them under protection of copyright laws. By the present communiqué, I hereby 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 punishable 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, then you may copy and paste this version. If you do not publish a statement at least once, you will be allowing tacitly the use of elements such as your photos, as well as the information contained in your profile status updates."
Time Tech suggests the person who devised this particular message may have been going for viral clutter, or may simply have been misinformed.
Facebook commented on the "Copyright Meme Spreading on Facebook" assuring users that they own their own content, not the company.
Facebook's fact check states the following:
"There is a rumor circulating that Facebook is making a change related to ownership of users' information or the content they post to the site. This is false. Anyone who uses Facebook owns and controls the content and information they post, as stated in our terms. They control how that content and information is shared. That is our policy, and it always has been."