The Facebook privacy hoax is back... and it's still not true!


The old “Facebook is going to reveal my personal information” cut and paste hoax is back.

The post generally looks something like this:

“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 13 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 If you do not publish a statement at least once it will be tactically allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in the profile status updates. DO NOT SHARE. Copy and paste”

The prank has been around for years and has been debunked by everyone including Facebook.

Usually mentioned in the post is a law. In the above case, it’s “UCC 1-308- 1 1 308-103” which the Cornell University Law School website confirms does not exist and the “Rome Statute” which deals with international crimes such as genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression.

Facebook makes all of their policies available for users in one place and regularly updates changes on their Facebook page.

Snopes has more on the history and debunking of the hoax for those who are interested.