The message, which has been copy-pasted by users judiciously, and shared on Facebook, urges their friends to paste the same on their timeline as well. The ‘Privacy’ note claims it will ‘protect’ a user’s content from Facebook, which is now publicly traded company and will thus make all posts from a user public.
Facebook has put out clarification, telling users their privacy settings are still valid, and the legal sounding message won’t really help.
The hoax has come to light several times in the past couple of years: 2012, 2014, and even 2015.
The hoax is another example of false messages that seek to exploit user worry about privacy on Facebook. Users can always choose to keep some content public on Facebook, and conversely, there are settings to hide pretty much all content on the site.
In privacy settings, you can choose only me as one of the options for timeline posts, photos, etc and then none of your friends will be able to see what you’ve hidden.
Facebook is not the only social media site where such false messages go viral. On WhatsApp, a common hoax that goes around is one where the user is told WhatsApp has too many users, and will shut down any user account which is inactive.
Users are asked to forward the message to ten friends in order to give proof their account is active. Of course, WhatsApp has no such plans of shutting down accounts of users, and should you get this message, you should probably not go on sharing it.