Don’t be the guy who posts that completely useless privacy notice on Facebook … again. Hey, better safe than sorry, right?
Wrong. Just say no.
A hoax as old as any (and there are a lot inside the Facebook bubble) has resurfaced, tricking a new round of users (and likely some of the same) into posting a completely meaningless privacy message as a status update. It’s a slightly different version of the same old – a decree of sorts stating that Facebook is no longer allowed to use your content.
Except they are, and they do.
Here’s an example of what you may see floating around your news feed:
Of course, by using Facebook, you’ve already agreed to this:
“For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos (IP content), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy and application settings: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (IP License).”
Posting a status doesn’t change that. It never will. Posting a status will also not save that little boy with cancer. Facebook’s not going to donate to his cause. Also, he doesn’t exist. Facebook’s never going to charge a monthly fee either. There’s no Facebook Drug Task Force, and the site isn’t shutting down because it’s overpopulated.
Please, skip the privacy notice and get back to posting quizzes. Your friends will be less annoyed.