Facebook Is Coming After You (Sarcasm Alert)

Not sure if you heard the latest Warning about Facebook. Facebook is coming after you (warning sarcasm alert ahead). If you didn’t know what Facebook has planned, read this…….

That’s right, you can expect a run on Aluminum Foil the next time you go shopping. Get ready to pay extremely high prices for foil, since they foil industry will need to protect over 1 billion people.

OK Hopefully you are still reading, so that you can read that the Warning is fake and (to the best of our knowledge) Facebook has no brain scanning utilities. Also you can rest assured that there should NOT be a run on foil at the super market.  Unfortunately, there seems to be this idea that if the post online seems slightly legit then it must be and every few weeks a regular Facebook hoax made another round appearing on posts all over Facebook.  Maybe you’ve seen it………

That’s right, the hoax that says a News station report talked about some Facebook privacy policy change.  That if you do not repost the following information that Facebook will be able to take your photos and your status updates. For starters, lets make this very clear

– THIS IS A HOAX!!! –

Now that we have that cleared up, lets break down the hoax.

Better Safe than sorry is right.  The first sentence in the hoax will always get you thinking.  Oh no if I don’t do this I could be the only one to not do this.  It plays on the readers emotions.

– Channel 13 News was just talking about this change in Facebook’s privacy policy.  Now lets add something to make it sound legitimate and how much more legit can you get than a news report.  However, wait a minute, which channel 13, from what city, and where is the link to the story. Remember you can post links to stories in posts, and this post doesn’t have a link so we can’t actually see the store that it claims.

-The violation of privacy can be punished by law (UCC 1-308- 1 1 308- 103 and the Rome Statute).  And some specific legal speak to enforce in people’s minds that this could be legit.  However, here is what the laws mentioned actually do.

UCC 1-308- 1 1 308- 103 – Performance or Acceptance Under Reservation of Rights.

(a) A party that with explicit reservation of rights performs or promises performance or assents to performance in a manner demanded or offered by the other party does not thereby prejudice the rights reserved. Such words as “without prejudice,” “under protest,” or the like are sufficient.  (b) Subsection (a) does not apply to an accord and satisfaction.

Rome Statute – The Rome Statute established four core international crimes: genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression. Those crimes “shall not be subject to any statute of limitations”. Under the Rome Statute, the ICC can only investigate and prosecute the four core international crimes in situations where states are “unable” or “unwilling” to do so themselves.

Ok I admit that I have no clue what the UCC   code does or what its supposed to do, but that doesn’t sound like some kind of rule that I (a normal human, non-commercial business) could use against a business.  And as for the Rome Statute, as much as Facebook at times could be considered as “crimes against humanity”, I’m pretty sure this rule doesn’t actually fit either.

And now lastly (and thank you for reading this far)

– All members must post a note like this. If you prefer, you can copy and paste this version. If you do not publish a statement atleast once it will be tactically allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in the profile status updates. DO NOT SHARE. You MUST copy and paste [sic].  Wait members, what did I join.  So my Sam’s club membership is worth something or is it my library membership???  Also note, I’m not supposed to “share this”, it only counts if I go through the trouble of cutting and pasting as a status message.

So now that you have read this far, what do you think?  Just remember one key thought the next time you come across one of these “post me now” kind of messages on any social media site. You should really do some research, to confirm its validity. Blindly posting messages like this only serve to propagate the “fake news cycle”. Pictures and words together DO NOT MAKE THEM TRUE!  There are many ways that you can find out if something is true, before sharing it.  Please help STOP CONTRIBUTING TO THE IGNORANCE  (Insert PSA Music here).  Lastly, if you still believe that Facebook could use your info as claimed in the post, please feel free to Google / Bing “Facebook privacy post hoax” and see how many reports from REAL News organizations you get.

Thanks.

Source(s)

– UCC Code Info – Legal Information Institute / Cornell University Law School

– Rome Statute Info – Wikipedia

– Facebook privacy post hoax info – Google / Bing

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