New Facebook Hoaxes Pop Up in People’s Feeds

There have been some Facebook outages lately, and with them came a couple hoaxes. One is new and involves money, the other is more than two years old.

The newest post claims the social media site will begin charging a fee — the amounts vary depending on the poster — and the only way to avoid paying was to post this message:

FACEBOOK JUST RELEASED THEIR PRICE GRID FOR MEMBERSHIP. $9.99 PER MONTH FOR GOLD MEMBER SERVICES, $6.99 PER MONTH FOR SILVER MEMBER SERVICES, $3.99 PER MONTH FOR BRONZE MEMBER SERVICES, FREE IF YOU COPY AND PASTE THIS MESSAGE BEFORE MIDNIGHT TONIGHT. WHEN YOU SIGN ON TOMORROW MORNING YOU WILL BE PROMPTED FOR PAYMENT INFO… IT IS OFFICIAL IT WAS EVEN ON THE NEWS. FACEBOOK WILL START CHARGING DUE TO THE NEW PROFILE CHANGES. IF YOU COPY THIS ON YOUR WALL YOUR ICON WILL TURN BLUE AND FACEBOOK WILL BE FREE FOR YOU. PLEASE PASS THIS MESSAGE ON IF NOT YOUR ACCOUNT WILL BE DELETED IF YOU DO NOT PAY!

This is not true and was already debunked.

The Facebook Copyright Hoax looks slightly more legit, which is why it gets shared more often. Again, users posts a message on their Facebook wall saying they own everything they post, and Facebook doesn’t have the right to use it for anything. It often looks like this:

I do not give Facebook or any entities associated with Facebook permission to use my pictures, information, or posts, both past and future. By this statement, I give notice to Facebook that 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. This violation of privacy can be punished by law.

This statement or anything close to it (we have a longer one posted at the bottom) means nothing. Facebook has repeatedly stated it does not own your photos, art or anything else. What they do have, is permission to use your photos, usage data and more to promote Facebook and earn revenue as a result. Here’s part of their privacy policy:

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). This IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it.

A user cannot negate any of these privacy or copyright terms simply by posting a “legal notice” in on your Facebook page. And, as far as copyright laws go, if you created that artwork, image, music or whatever — you own it. You’re protected by US copyright law.

If you don’t like Facebook tracking your browsing, sharing, interests, political views, connection information, or any other data you have inadvertently give them — which they use to sell ads and market to you — then your best option is to get off Facebook. But since we at First to Know get the bulk of our content out through Facebook, we would hate to see you leave our Facebook page.

There are a couple options, which Snopes offers here, along with more detailed info on why this situation is so bogus.

Here’s a longer version of the Facebook copyright hoax that people have been copying and pasting on their pages for years. If you see your friends doing it, send them this article for more info.

Due to the fact that Facebook has chosen to involve software that will allow the theft of my personal information, I state: at this date of January 4, 2015, in response to the new guidelines of Facebook, pursuant to articles L.111, 112 and 113 of the code of intellectual property, I declare that my rights are attached to all my personal data drawings, paintings, photos, video, texts etc. published on my profile and my page. For commercial use of the foregoing my written consent is required at all times.

Those who read this text can do a copy/paste on their Facebook wall. This will allow them to place themselves under the protection of copyright. By this statement, I tell Facebook that it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, broadcast, or take any other action against me on the basis of this profile and or its content. The actions mentioned above also apply to employees, students, agents and or other personnel under the direction of Facebook.

The content of my profile contains private information. The violation of my privacy is punishable by law (UCC 1-308 1-308 1-103 and the Rome Statute).

Facebook is now an open capital entity. All members are invited to publish a notice of this kind, or if they prefer, you can copy and paste this version.

If you have not published this statement at least once, you tacitly allow the use of elements such as your photos as well as the information contained in the profile update.