Don't be fooled by this Facebook hoax!

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Just another friendly reminder you can't believe everything you read on the interwebs.

The latest example is a Facebook post that is making the rounds, claiming the social media network is changing its privacy policy so that all of your content will become public:

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 If you do not publish a statement at least once it will be tactically allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in the profile status updates.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.

First of all, that "Channel 13 News" is DEFINITELY not us here at WVEC 13News Now.  Second of all, this post isn't even all that new, and various incarnations have popped up periodically to alarm unassuming Facebookers.

Uban legend-debunking website Snopes.com says the post simply is not true.

When the rumor first started making the rounds in late 2012, Facebook issued a statement saying: 

There is a rumor circulating that Facebook is making a change related to ownership of users' information or the content they post to the site. This is false. Anyone who uses Facebook owns and controls the content and information they post, as stated in our terms. They control how that content and information is shared. That is our policy, and it always has been. Click here to learn more: www.facebook.com/policies

Snopes points out  "Any copyright or privacy agreements users of Facebook have entered into with that company prior to its becoming a publicly traded company or changing its policies remain in effect: they are neither diminished nor enhanced by Facebook's public status."

So worry not! Your private posts will remain just that.


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