A viral post claims that starting ‘tomorrow’, Facebook now owns every bit of content that you’ve posted.
Here’s the trending hoax — reproduced in its entirety:
We found similar posts doing rounds on Facebook;
Facebook hasn’t responded to this latest hoax but it has clarified in the past that it can share and distribute something you post.
“You own the content that you create and share on Facebook and the other Facebook Products you use,” Facebook’s Terms of Service state.
“To provide our services, however, we need you to give us some legal permissions to use this content.
“Specifically, when you share, post or upload content that is covered by intellectual property rights (e.g. photos or videos) … you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free and worldwide licence to host, use, distribute, modify, run, copy, publicly perform or display, translate and create derivative works of your content.
“This means, for example, that if you share a photo on Facebook, you give us permission to store, copy and share it with others.”
Facebook offers each user the options to tailor their level of privacy, and these can be found in your profile options. You can also end the licence at any time by deleting your content or account.
But if you do see a message like the one above appear on your News Feed, do your friends a favour and don’t repost it.
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