This Facebook 'privacy notice' is a hoax, and you shouldn't bother sharing it

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Facebook Privacy Status Hoax Is Making The Rounds Again

Recently, you may have seen a Facebook "privacy notice" creep into your Facebook timeline. It may look something like this:

Now it's official! It has been published in the media. Facebook has just released the entry price: $5.99 to keep the subscription of your status to be set to "private". If you paste this message on your page, it will be offered free (paste not share) if not tomorrow, all your posts can become public. Even the messages that have been deleted or the photos not allowed. After all, it does not cost anything for a simple copy and paste
Better safe than sorry is right. Channel 13 News was just talking about this change in Facebook's privacy policy. Better safe than sorry.

As of September 28th 11:30 am Eastern standard time, I do not give Facebook or any entities associated with Facebook permission to use my pictures, information, or posts, both past and future. By this statement, I give notice to Facebook it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, or take any other action against me based on this profile and/or its contents. The content of this profile is private and confidential information. The violation of privacy can be punished by law (UCC 1-308- 1 1 308-103 and the Rome Statute). NOTE: Facebook is now a public entity. All members must post a note like this. If you prefer, you can copy and paste this version. If you do not publish a statement at least once it will be tactically allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in the profile status updates. DO NOT SHARE. You MUST copy and paste

Because it urges people to copy and paste it into their own statuses, the message is proliferating people's Facebook news feeds. And it's not the first time this has happened. As the Washington Post's Caitlin Dewey points out, variations on this privacy screed have made the rounds on Facebook since 2012.

But it's pointless to pass it around.

Facebook isn't interested in owning anything you post. Everything you post on Facebook — status updates, pictures, videos, bogus Facebook "privacy notices" — is yours.

"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," Facebook said in a 2012 post, addressing what it called a "Copyright Meme Spreading On Facebook."

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 30: (CHINA OUT, SOUTH KOREA OUT) Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers the opening keynote at the Facebook f8 conference on April 30, 2014 in San Francisco, California. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg kicked off the annual one-day F8 developers conference. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 30: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers the opening kenote at the Facebook f8 conference on April 30, 2014 in San Francisco, California. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg kicked off the annual one-day F8 developers conference. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 24: Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg speaks during his keynote conference as part of the first day of the Mobile World Congress 2014 at the Fira Gran Via complex on February 24, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. The annual Mobile World Congress hosts some of the world's largest communication companies, with many unveiling their latest phones and gadgets. The show runs from February 24 - February 27. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Mark Zuckerberg, founder and chief executive officer of Facebook Inc., right, leaves a meeting with members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. Zuckerberg in April announced the formation of an advocacy group, Fwd.us, to push for more visas for skilled immigrant workers. He pressed that cause yesterday in a meeting with Senator Charles Schumer, a New York Democrat. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 11: Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook attends Day 3 of TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2013 at San Francisco Design Center on September 11, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch)
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers a speech during a workshop for application developers in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. On his first visit to Facebook-crazy Indonesia, Zuckerberg met the president-elect, spread the word about his company's global Internet-access initiative and posted a photo of himself at an ancient Buddhist temple. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg arrive at the 2nd Annual Breakthrough Prize Award Ceremony at the NASA Ames Research Center on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014 in Mountain View, California. (Photo by [Peter Barreras]/Invision/AP)
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks to students during an special assembly at Sequoia High School in Redwood City, Calif. on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. Zuckerberg participated in the assembly as part of Facebook's campaign to encourage students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math or what are otherwise known as STEM fields. (AP Photo/Alex Washburn)
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg gestures while delivering the keynote address at the f8 Facebook Developer Conference Wednesday, April 30, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and chief executive officer of Facebook Inc., arrives to a Bloomberg television interview at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. Facebook made further headway in mobile in 2014, a business that has flourished from a minor portion of ad revenue at the time of the company's initial public offering to a majority. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and chief executive officer of Facebook Inc., left, chats with a reporter prior to a Bloomberg television interview at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. Facebook made further headway in mobile in 2014, a business that has flourished from a minor portion of ad revenue at the time of the company's initial public offering to a majority. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and chief executive officer of Facebook Inc., speaks prior to a Bloomberg television interview at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. Facebook made further headway in mobile in 2014, a business that has flourished from a minor portion of ad revenue at the time of the company's initial public offering to a majority. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Mark Zuckerberg attends the 2014 Breakthrough Prize Awards at NASA AMES Research Center on November 9, 2014 in Mountain View, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic)
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Breakthrough Prize Co-Founders Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg attend. the Breakthrough Prize Awards Ceremony Hosted By Seth MacFarlane at NASA Ames Research Center on November 9, 2014 in Mountain View, California. (Photo by Kimberly White/Getty Images for Breakthrough Prize)
Mark Zuckerberg (L), founder and CEO of Facebook, makes a courtesy call to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) at the latter's official residence in Tokyo on October 20, 2014. Zuckerberg is here to attend a Facebook's business event for their partner companies on October 16 as a surprise guest. AFP PHOTO / POOL / KAZUHIRO NOGI (Photo credit should read KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)
Mark Zuckerberg (L), founder and CEO of Facebook, makes a courtesy call to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) at the latter's official residence in Tokyo on October 20, 2014. Zuckerberg is here to attend a Facebook's business event for their partner companies on October 16 as a surprise guest. AFP PHOTO / POOL / KAZUHIRO NOGI (Photo credit should read KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)
JAKARTA, INDONESIA - OCTOBER 13: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (R) gives a press conferrence after meeting with Indonesian President-elect Joko Widodo on October 13, 2014 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Mark Zukerberg is visiting Indonesia to attend Internet developers summit and meet heads of goverment. Indonesia is a country that has a population of 240 million and has approximately 60 million active users of social media (Photo by Oscar Siagian/Getty Images)
JAKARTA, INDONESIA - OCTOBER 13: Indonesian President-elect Joko Widodo (L) with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (R) at Tanah Abang Market the biggest textile market in South East Asia after meeting on October 13, 2014 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Mark Zukerberg is visiting Indonesia to attend Internet developers summit and meet heads of goverment. Indonesia is a country that has a population of 240 million and has approximately 60 million active users of social media (Photo by Oscar Siagian/Getty Images)
JAKARTA, INDONESIA - OCTOBER 13: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (R) gives a press conferrence after meeting with Indonesian President-elect Joko Widodo (L) on October 13, 2014 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Mark Zukerberg is visiting Indonesia to attend Internet developers summit and meet heads of goverment. Indonesia is a country that has a population of 240 million and has approximately 60 million active users of social media (Photo by Oscar Siagian/Getty Images)
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (L) walks with unidentified staff as he arrives for the launch promoting the Internet.org app in Jakarta on October 13, 2014 which allows people in underdeveloped areas to access basic online services. US-based social media Facebook founder Zuckerberg met with Indonesian President-elect Joko Widodo. Indonesia, has the fourth-largest number of Facebook users in the world. AFP PHOTO / ROMEO GACAD (Photo credit should read ROMEO GACAD/AFP/Getty Images)
CORRECTION Indonesian President-elect Joko Widodo (L) walks next to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg after a meeting in Jakarta on October 13, 2014. US-based social media Facebook founder Zuckerberg held a meeting with Indonesia president-elect Joko Widodo and attended internet.org campaign in his visit to Indonesia, the fourth-largest number of Facebook users in the world. AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRY (Photo credit should read ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)
Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer of Facebook Inc., speaks during the Internet.org summit in New Delhi, India, on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. Zuckerberg said a lack of relevant local language content is the biggest barrier to the 4.4 billion people globally who don't have Internet access. Photographer: Udit Kulshrestha/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer of Facebook Inc., speaks during the Internet.org summit in New Delhi, India, on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. Zuckerberg said a lack of relevant local language content is the biggest barrier to the 4.4 billion people globally who don't have Internet access. Photographer: Udit Kulshrestha/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer of Facebook Inc., speaks during the Internet.org summit in New Delhi, India, on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. Zuckerberg said a lack of relevant local language content is the biggest barrier to the 4.4 billion people globally who don't have Internet access. Photographer: Udit Kulshrestha/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer and founder of Facebook Inc., right, talks on the phone while arriving for a morning session his wife Priscilla Chan at the Allen & Co. Media and Technology Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, U.S., on Thursday, July 10, 2014. Technology companies from Silicon Valley are expected to take center stage at this year's Allen & Co.'s Sun Valley conference as tech and media converge. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
SUN VALLEY, ID - JULY 10: Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer and founder of Facebook Inc., attends the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference on July 10, 2014 in Sun Valley, Idaho. Many of the world's wealthiest and most powerful businessmen from media, finance, and technology attend the annual week-long conference which is in its 32nd year. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer and founder of Facebook Inc, delivers a speech during a conference at the National Auditorium in Mexico city, on September 5, 2014 in the framework of Telmex foundation's 'Mexico Siglo XXI' forum, owned by Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim. AFP PHOTO/RONALDO SCHEMIDT (Photo credit should read RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
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You're also not preventing Facebook from "violating your privacy" when you repost a chain message. When you first signed up to use Facebook, you agreed to the company's Terms of Service, which include its privacy policy. And while Facebook at times updates its Terms of Service, your agreement to those updated terms is implicit.

You also agreed to give Facebook "a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook," according to the company's Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. This means Facebook can use anything you post on the website to promote itself.

The "privacy notice" you might see getting passed around on Facebook is useless, a hoax.

If you don't agree with Facebook's policies, though, you have a few options besides reposting a copy-and-pasted "privacy notice." Via Snopes, you can:

  • Not sign up for a Facebook account in the first place.
  • Negotiate a modified privacy policy with Facebook (good luck with that).
  • Ask Facebook to amend its policies.
  • Delete your Facebook account.

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Signage stands outside the Facebook Inc. Prineville Data Center in Prineville, Oregon, U.S., on Monday, April 28, 2014. The Facebook Prineville Data Center features leading energy-efficient technology, including features such as rainwater reclamation, a solar energy installation for providing electricity to the office areas and reuse of heat created by the servers to heat office space. Photographer: Meg Roussos/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A Facebook Inc. flag flies next to a U.S. flag outside the company's Prineville Data Center in Prineville, Oregon, U.S., on Monday, April 28, 2014. The Facebook Prineville Data Center features leading energy-efficient technology, including features such as rainwater reclamation, a solar energy installation for providing electricity to the office areas and reuse of heat created by the servers to heat office space. Photographer: Meg Roussos/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Signage made up of individual faces is displayed inside the Facebook Inc. Prineville Data Center in Prineville, Oregon, U.S., on Monday, April 28, 2014. The Facebook Prineville Data Center features leading energy-efficient technology, including features such as rainwater reclamation, a solar energy installation for providing electricity to the office areas and reuse of heat created by the servers to heat office space. Photographer: Meg Roussos/Bloomberg via Getty Images
The silhouette of an employee is seen standing in front of a cooling system that pulls air in from outside at the Facebook Inc. Prineville Data Center in Prineville, Oregon, U.S., on Monday, April 28, 2014. The Facebook Prineville Data Center features leading energy-efficient technology, including features such as rainwater reclamation, a solar energy installation for providing electricity to the office areas and reuse of heat created by the servers to heat office space. Photographer: Meg Roussos/Bloomberg via Getty Images
An employee puts in a filter that protects against pollen, bugs, and dust from the outside air that is pulled in at the Facebook Inc. Prineville Data Center in Prineville, Oregon, U.S., on Monday, April 28, 2014. The Facebook Prineville Data Center features leading energy-efficient technology, including features such as rainwater reclamation, a solar energy installation for providing electricity to the office areas and reuse of heat created by the servers to heat office space. Photographer: Meg Roussos/Bloomberg via Getty Images
An employee fixes part of a web server inside the Facebook Inc. Prineville Data Center in Prineville, Oregon, U.S., on Monday, April 28, 2014. The Facebook Prineville Data Center features leading energy-efficient technology, including features such as rainwater reclamation, a solar energy installation for providing electricity to the office areas and reuse of heat created by the servers to heat office space. Photographer: Meg Roussos/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Joel Kjellgren, Data Center Manager opens a server in one of server rooms at the new Facebook Data Center, its first outside the US on November 7, 2013 in Lulea, in Swedish Lapland. The company began construction on the facility in October 2011 and went live on June 12, 2013 and are 100% run on hydro power. AFP PHOTO/JONATHAN NACKSTRAND (Photo credit should read JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)
This picture taken with a fisheye lens shows a man walks past a big logo created from pictures of Facebook users worldwide in the company's Data Center, its first outside the US on November 7, 2013 in Lulea, in Swedish Lapland. The company began construction on the facility in October 2011 and went live on June 12, 2013 and are 100% run on hydro power. AFP PHOTO/JONATHAN NACKSTRAND (Photo credit should read JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)
Thousands of servers are pictured at the new Facebook Data Center, its first outside the US on November 7, 2013 in Lulea, in Swedish Lapland. The company began construction on the facility in October 2011 and went live on June 12, 2013 and are 100% run on hydro power. AFP PHOTO/JONATHAN NACKSTRAND (Photo credit should read JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)
This picture taken with a fisheye lens shows the Evaporator Room of the first server rooms in the new Facebook Data Center, its first outside the US on November 7, 2013 in Lulea, in Swedish Lapland. The company began construction on the facility in October 2011 and went live on June 12, 2013 and are 100% run on hydro power. AFP PHOTO/JONATHAN NACKSTRAND (Photo credit should read JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)
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Employees work at the new Facebook Data Center, its first outside the US on November 7, 2013 in Lulea, in Swedish Lapland. The company began construction on the facility in October 2011 and went live on June 12, 2013 and are 100% run on hydro power. AFP PHOTO/JONATHAN NACKSTRAND (Photo credit should read JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)
Signage is reflected in a window at the Facebook Inc. Prineville Data Center in Prineville, Oregon, U.S., on Monday, April 28, 2014. The Facebook Prineville Data Center features leading energy-efficient technology, including features such as rainwater reclamation, a solar energy installation for providing electricity to the office areas and reuse of heat created by the servers to heat office space. Photographer: Meg Roussos/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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