Today Facebook issued an email about the next steps in its Global Site Governance review, and there’s been a resurgence of the ‘protect your privacy by pasting this message’ hoax.
To cut to the chase, if you are sent a message about cutting and pasting a Facebook copyright or privacy statement, don’t do it and don’t share it. It’s totally irrelevant. If you want to know more about this, read on.
The Facebook Global Site Governance Vote email
An email from Facebook arrived in my in-box today:
The mail links to a series of documents describing the process and the changes. Here is the key paragraph:
As you can see nothing is changing. You can read the full Explanation of Changes document on Facebook
It didn’t take long for some wag (or misguided user) to start circulating another Hoax ‘cut and paste this privacy statement’ message. The text goes along the lines of:
There’s another version around with a mis-spelling of Berne.
Why it is pointless
Firstly, Facebook already acknowledges that your content is yours. Secondly by using the Facebook service you are implicitly agreeing to the terms and conditions they set. You can’t selectively ignore parts of the agreement just by saying you don’t like it. That’s it, Period.
So don’t waste your time by doing this, and don’t waste other people’s time by forwarding any messages you might get. If you don’t like Facebook’s Terms and conditions, then you should have already joined in the debate on the Facebook Site Governance page or you can vote with you feet and close your Facebook account.
By the way
Anyone who knows me might ask why it is that I put copyright statements on the photographs I post to Facebook. It’s simple, I don’t want other Facebook users stealing my pictures. It’s got nothing to do with Facebook.
And you think it doesn’t happen?