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    Posted on Sep 29, 2015

    The Facebook Privacy Notice Going Around Is A Total Farce

    Here we go again.

    The modern version of the email chain letter is back yet again.

    If you've been on Facebook lately, chances are someone you know has posted a status update regarding copyright and privacy. Most of them read something like this:

    Due to the fact that Facebook has chosen to involve software that will allow the theft of my personal information, I state: at this date of January 4, 2015, in response to the new guidelines of Facebook, pursuant to articles L.111, 112 and 113 of the code of intellectual property, I declare that my rights are attached to all my personal data drawings, paintings, photos, video, texts etc. published on my profile and my page. For commercial use of the foregoing my written consent is required at all times.

    That statement is a total lie. Hoaxes like this have sprung up several times, and have been throughly debunked by sites like Snopes.

    Michelle Rial / BuzzFeed

    The use of your content is determined by the Terms of Service that is agreed to upon creating a new account.

    It says explicitly: "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."

    In other words, all these copy-and-paste copyright notices you've been seeing are fake, and you shouldn't be sharing them because they don't mean a thing.

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