If you’ve been on Facebook recently, you might well have seen a status update warning users that their entire Facebook history will become public unless they copy and paste the message onto their own page.
It’s a hoax
This not the first time users are posting such hoax or fake notices.
If you see someone sharing this hoax, then simply inform them that it is fake and that it would be better for them to delete the fake post from their Facebook page.
Facebook responded to the hoax status on Wednesday, saying: “You may have seen a post telling you to copy and paste a notice to retain control over things you share on Facebook. Don’t believe it. You own your content and can control how it is shared through your privacy settings.”
Facebook is not making all your posts public, so publishing any kind of legal notice on your Facebook page or profile is totally baseless.
The only way to change your privacy settings is to adjust them yourself in the account settings on Facebook and practice caution when you post to the Web.
The below message posted by many on Facebook is fake, so copying and publishing such claims is not going to save you or anyone else.
How to protect your privacy
If you are concerned about the privacy settings on Facebook, there are ways of managing who can see what.
You can find out how to see what your profile looks like to a stranger, change all your posts to private, and make it more difficult to be found by following our guide here.
Here is the full text of Facebook’s data usage policy
“We collect the content and other information you provide when you use our Services, including when you sign up for an account, create or share, and message or communicate with others. This can include information in or about the content you provide, such as the location of a photo or the date a file was created. We also collect information about how you use our Services, such as the types of content you view or engage with or the frequency and duration of your activities. “