Facebook is not making all photos public; don’t fall for the hoax!

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A viral post claims that starting ‘tomorrow’, Facebook now owns every bit of content that you’ve posted.
Here’s the trending hoax — reproduced in its entirety:
Don’t forget today starts the new Facebook rule where they can use your photo Don’t forget Deadline tomorrow !!! Everything you’ve ever posted becomes public from tomorrow. Even messages that have been deleted or the photos not allowed. It costs nothing for a simple copy and paste, better safe than sorry. Channel 9 News talked about the change in Facebook’s privacy policy. I do not give Facebook or any entities associated with Facebook permission to use my pictures, information, messages or posts, both past and future. With this statement, I give notice to Facebook it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, or take any other action against me based on this profile and/or its contents. The content of this profile is private and confidential information. The violation of privacy can be punished by law (UCC 1-308- 1 1 308-103 and the Rome Statute). NOTE: Facebook is now a public entity. All members must post a note like this. If you prefer, you can copy and paste this version. If you do not publish a statement at least once it will be tacitly allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in the profile status updates. DO NOT SHARE. Copy and paste.Wondered why Facebook was so boring!
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Facebook hasn’t responded to this latest hoax but it has clarified in the past that it can share and distribute something you post.
“You own the content that you create and share on Facebook and the other Facebook Products you use,” Facebook’s Terms of Service state.

Facebook’s Terms of Service state

“To provide our services, however, we need you to give us some legal permissions to use this content.
“Specifically, when you share, post or upload content that is covered by intellectual property rights (e.g. photos or videos) … you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free and worldwide licence to host, use, distribute, modify, run, copy, publicly perform or display, translate and create derivative works of your content.
“This means, for example, that if you share a photo on Facebook, you give us permission to store, copy and share it with others.”
Facebook offers each user the options to tailor their level of privacy, and these can be found in your profile options. You can also end the licence at any time by deleting your content or account.
But if you do see a message like the one above appear on your News Feed, do your friends a favour and don’t repost it.

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