The Internet is full of rumors and hoaxes. The fact that Facebook has its name attached to any of them is no surprise and neither is the latest hoax.
Apparently the Internet is buzzing about Facebook charging $5.99 for membership or to keep your information private. Its not true!
Another part of the hoax is that Facebook says you need to post a legal notice on your wall or you’ll lose copyright control of your pictures, links, comments and content you share with your circle of family and friends. That is not true!.
This hoax is not new and can be traced back as far as 2009. These rumors proliferate because A) people believe them and B) because people have a tendency to share links without truly examining the content of the story. You’d be surprised how many people post a link on their Facebook page or Twitter account without reading the story.
CNN senior entertainment reporter Lisa Respers France has three simple rules for verifying those news stories before you share them, stop drop and roll.
- Stop before you hit that share button
- Drop over to Google.
- And roll around in the information to determine if it is true, recent or even relevant.
Remember AACR Internet Rule #10 Everything on the Internet is real; just not always true. That means that, yes, the news of Eddie Murphy being killed in a skiing accident is really on the Internet. But it is not true. Are you getting this? And for the record Eddie has died about 50 times online.
Now about Facebook and your privacy and that copyright notice; you never had any to begin with and no copyright notice is going to change that. Facebook is the biggest collector of information in the history of mankind. Everything you do on your Facebook page belongs to them. Even the posts you write and then delete. Read your user agreement. Its all there.
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