It isn't time to resurrect those long, bloated declarations of personal copyright to prevent someone from raiding profiles for pics and other user submitted content.
A pair of scams, now years old, have returned to pile onto the tons of mistrust people already have with regards to Facebook. This isn't an assertion that Facebook is blameless in its dealing with users and their data. It's just that this pair of rumors is both dangerous and flat out annoying.
Recall 2012 and those word walls people were copying and pasting onto their timelines. They went something like this: "As of this date, I don't give Facebook or its friends the rights to my information and the content I posted online for my friends is private."
Well, three years later, that feed filling scam has been necro'd. It's joined by another undead scheme, in which scammers tell people that Facebook is charging about $9 to $10 to users who wish to keep their profiles set private.
To substantiate this claim, the malevolent post says news of the changes has been published all over the media. That's not true..Facebook spoke up Monday to put the hoax back down.
"While there may be water on Mars, don't believe everything you read on the internet today," says Facebook on Facebook. "Facebook is free and it always will be. And the thing about copying and pasting a legal notice is just a hoax. Stay safe out there Earthlings!"
That pair of hokum isn't the only hoax that has scared enough people to warrant mainstream attention.
Last week, scammers sought to capitalize on confirmation that Facebook likes the idea of a dislike button and has been working to roll out one.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had been speaking about the utility a dislike button (this link is legit) would bring, when it's finally ready, and so phishermen, and phisherwomen, pointed to the hyped up headlines Zuckerberg's comments drew and baited up posts that promised to install the feature.