Tech Tuesday: Facebook copyright hoax runs rampant

If you were anywhere near Facebook yesterday, a newer version of a well-known Facebook copyright hoax spread like wildfire on the popular social networking website. Basically, a warning urged users to post a false copyright statement to their status updates.

Users were under the impression that their private data would be “protected” if they posted the warning. One billion Facebook users… who had to post one billion status updates to protect their information. As you can imagine, the hoax was quickly debunked.

Privacy settings OR simply not posting to Facebook are about the only things that will truly protect your private information.

Here’s a version of the fake warning:

In response to the new Facebook guidelines I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details, illustrations, comics, paintings, photos and videos, etc. (as a result of the Berner Convention).

For commercial use of the above my written consent is needed at all times!

(Anyone reading this can copy this text and paste it on their Facebook Wall. This will place them under protection of copyright laws, By the present communiqué, I 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 punished 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, you may copy and paste this version. If you do not publish a statement at least once, you will be tacitly allowing the use of elements such as your photos as well as the information contained in your profile status updates.

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If you see this warning or something like it, you can assume with utter certainty that it’s a hoax. Don’t take the bait and don’t post it to your profile.

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