Hoax of the Day: No, Facebook Isn't Going to Make Your Profiles Public or Charge for a Private Setting.
The same chain-letter based hoax that floated around 2012 is back and scaring your family.
You might have noticed a flurry of action on your Facebook feed yesterday as people began copy and pasting what they believed was a legal notice, protecting the privacy of their profile data.
Stuff that looked like this:
So, that's totally incorrect. Facebook has not threatened to make public the data contained in profiles and no mention has been made to charge for an upgraded privacy setting. Trust us. They're making a killing just doing what they're doing.
And even if they were, please do not believe that a status update will serve as a legally binding request to keep a business away from data that users are voluntarily putting on its servers. That's not how things work.
Luckily, not everyone took it seriously.
The messaging became so widespread that the company itself had to come out and warn users not to believe the hype.
So, there you go. Your stuff won't be made public and status updates aren't binding legal statements.
Have a lovely day.
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