Facebook Privacy Disclaimer Not Worth the Paper It’s Written On

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There is another rash of the Facebook privacy notice disclaimer hoax going around Facebook. This is the disclaimer where the Facebook user takes a stand and says that Facebook cannot use their content. Bullpuckey, of course they can use your content – you agreed to that when you signed up for a Facebook account.

The current iteration of the Facebook privacy statement disclaimer looks like this:

As of January 7th, 2015 at 10:32 a.m. Eastern standard time, 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 it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute or take any other action against me based on this profile is private and confidential information. The violation of privacy can be punished by law (UCC 1-308-11 308-103 and 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 If you do not publish this statement at least once it will be tactically allowing the use of your photos, as well as information contained in the profile status updates. DO NOT SHARE you MUST copy and paste this…. I will leave a comment so it will be easier to copy and paste!!!

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Now, you would think that any thinking person would get as far as “can be punished by law” – and certainly by the time they get to “and Rome statute”, and realize that clearly this language isn’t worth the paper it’s written on, and that it is not binding on Facebook at all.

And yet, scores of people have duly copied and pasted this nostrum onto their Facebook wall, accomplishing nothing other than serving as Exhibit A in confirming good ole David Hannum’s observation about P.T. Barnum.

While we’re at it – let’s clear something else up. When you post a picture, or other content to Facebook, that content belongs to you. BUT, and this is the crux of the matter, under Facebook’s Terms of Service (TOS), to which, again, you agreed when you first signed up with Facebook, you grant them permission to use your content.

Don’t like it? Then don’t post it on Facebook.

Just like you shouldn’t post this hoax disclaimer on Facebook.

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