It s not the first time that a completely made-up message is passed on as an official piece of information on social media, which ends up creating a panic amongst users. In the past, there have been so many instances where users have aggressively shared an image or status update believing that it would help their accounts privacy or something on the same lines, only to eventually find out that it was a fake message. In last 12 years of Facebook s existence, countless such status and messages have been passed, and it s hard to understand how so many users can be this gullible to fall for it every time. Also Read - Facebook gives voice to emojis with Soundmoji: Here's how to sendAlso Read - Netflix could launch its video game streaming service next year, at no extra cost
The latest of such messages is a status update that insists users to copy its content and paste on their own walls. It claims that by doing so, users can deny Facebook of all rights from the content on their profile and posting the status would give the user the exclusive right to what they post and share on their profile. The Facebook status reads something like this (try not to laugh): Also Read - You can now use WhatsApp web without your phone
From DD/MM/YYYY Indian standard time, I don’t give Facebook permission or permission to use my pictures, my information or my publications, both of the past as the future, mine or those where I show up. By this statement, I give my notice to Facebook it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, give, sell my information, photos or take any other action against me on the basis of 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If you do not publish a statement at least once, you’ve given the tacit agreement allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in the updates of state of profile.
Do not share. You have to copy.
People who have sincerely posted this status, hear me out. So you think, Facebook will sit around and check the status update of 1 billion of its users and say oh hey, this one has copy-pasted this status, let s not go through his content and information ?
I know most of us don t really sit down and read the Terms and Condition policies before we sign up on a social media platform, but guess what, Facebook s terms clearly state that a user is the owner of the content they share or update on Facebook and a user has the full right to control how their content and information is shared by altering the privacy settings of their accounts and posts.
Here s what Facebook had to say about this viral message:
If you still don t understand that this status is meaningless, listen to John Oliver, he ll tell you what it means:
This particular status message has done rounds of the social networking site earlier as well, and nobody knows who started it, it just keeps coming back and creates panic on social media.
One thing you can do on your part to kill the chain of these viral messages the moment it reaches you is by taking an action against it. You can report these posts and notify Facebook to pull these down. In order to do that, on the top right of these posts, click on the downward arrow and choose, report post . From the drop down option of what is wrong with the post , select It s a false news story . This way such messages can be stopped from going viral.