The Facebook Privacy Hoax Just Won’t Die

It’s the hoax that just won’t die. Over the past few weeks, Facebook users may have seen a post or two in their newsfeed warning that the social media giant will institute a fee for users to keep their profiles private.

Facebook officially identified the post as a hoax on Monday.

“While there may be water on Mars, don’t believe everything you read on the internet today. Facebook is free and it always will be. And the thing about copying and pasting a legal notice is just a hoax. Stay safe out there Earthlings!” officials posted as a Facebook status.

The hoax has been in circulation in one variation or another since 2009, and still attracts unsuspecting users who fear that their private posts may soon be made public. The last major circulation of the hoax was in January of this year. Before that the fake post received major circulation in 2012, to which Facebook again denied the fake posts as a hoax.

The privacy of posts on Facebook is guaranteed in the Facebook Terms of Service, which state: “You own all of the content and information you post on Facebook and you can control how it is shared through your privacy and application settings.”

Cover Photo Credit: Maria Elena/Flickr (CC by 2.0)

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Kyle Jones is a columnist with Rise News. He is a senior honors student at the University of Alabama, studying Political Science and Spanish with a focus on Public Policy Studies.
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