Stop sharing the ‘Facebook copyright’ post – it’s a hoax

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1353942594515A “copyright” message claiming to protect Facebook users’ information has again been making the rounds over the past week.

By sharing the post, users are claiming a copyright on their content. The post reads:

“In response to the new Facebook guidelines, I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details, illustrations, comics, paintings, professional photos and videos, etc. (as a result of the Berner Convention). For commercial use of the above my written consent is needed at all times!”

So, why should you ignore the post? Because it’s a confirmed hoax.

The hoax originally circulated back in 2012 but started showing up in users’ news feeds again over the past few days. The social network issued a statement back in 2012:

“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.”

Facebook does not own user’s posts. Under Facebook’s existing privacy policy, the social network has the right to distribute content based on what the user shares.

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