Facebook Hoax Circulates on the Internet

Published On September 29, 2015 | By Tom Huskerson | Fraud, Scams, Hoaxes & Hacks

Facebook-logo-PSDThe 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.

  1. Stop before you hit that share button
  2. Drop over to Google.
  3. 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.

For more information check out;

No,Facebook will not be charging you $5.99 to keep your profile private.

Hoax Alert: Facebook to Charge $5.99 to Keep Your Profile

Another Facebook hoax makes the rounds – CNN.com

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About The Author

Tom Huskerson Bio Born in Richmond Virginia Tom Huskerson is a military veteran who settled in California after his discharge. He attended Santa Barbara City College where he began his writing career as a campus reporter. He worked as an intern news reporter for the Santa Barbara News-Press writing feature stories before moving on to San Francisco. At San Francisco State University Tom studied broadcast communications and began to focus on the Internet. He completed his graduate thesis on Internet advertising. Tom was the first student to ever focus on the Internet as a graduate student at San Francisco State University. After graduation he went to work for Zona Research in California’s Silicone Valley. As a research associate Tom supported senior analyst writing on the latest developments in the Internet industry. During the dot com boom Tom worked for several web businesses as a market researcher and analyst. As a writer and researcher Tom has authored various technical works including a training program for Charles Schwab security. Other projects included professional presentations on workplace violence and hiring security contractors. Tom has returned to focus on writing both fiction and non-fiction works and blogging for a travel website. He has published two books of short stories and completed two novels. Tom is the owner of Scribe of Life Literature and EbonyCandle. Most recently Tom has launched the blog African American Cyber Report. The blog is the result of his desire to inform the African American community of the dangers and benefits of the cyber age. In his blog Tom reports on information security, new and analysis, scams and hoaxes, legal happenings and various topics that arise from the age of information. Tom believes that technology is a necessary tool for black people and they should know what is happening. Tom writes believing that techno speak is for the professional and that valuable information can be communicated using plain language. As a result he has embraced the motto, Less Tech, More Knowledge.

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