Nothing riles up the sheeple (def: people compared to sheep in being docile, foolish, or easily led.) quite like groundless fear-mongering.

A status update is going viral on Facebook — again- has been traced back to November 2012, and, after scrolling through recent updates, it’s back! The message warns users that Facebook is going to make everything you’ve posted public — even deleted messages and private photos — if you don’t copy and paste the message on your own wall.

Here is the update people are posting:

Deadline tommorow!
Everything you’ve ever posted becomes public from tomorrow even messages that have been deleted or the photos not allowed. It cost nothing for simple copy and paste, better safe than sorry. Channel 13news tv talked about the change in Facebook privacy. I don’t give Facebook permission to use my picture, information, messages, or post both past and future . With this statement i give notice to Facebook. It is strictly forbidden to disclose copy, distribute or take any action against me based on this profile or its content. The content of this profile is private and confidential information. The violation of privacy can be punished by law (UCC 1-308-113 118-103 AND THE ROME STATUTE)
NOTE: Facebook is now entity all member must post a note like this.
Do not share copy and paste!

There is absolutely no truth to the warnings claims.

This means that not only is Facebook not planning on making your posts public, but posting legal sounding nonsense on your timeline has ABSOLUTELY NO EFFECT on what Facebook – or anyone else – can and cannot do with your information.

How the information posted onto Facebook can be used is dictated by the terms of service that most people didn’t read when they signed up to use Facebook, and which occasionally changes throughout the years. Posting legal sounding words onto your timeline does not – in any way – alter or override those terms. You can read about how Facebook treats your information via Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities (a.k.a. Terms of Service)


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