Another day, another Facebook hoax.
The latest hoax going around your news feed says Facebook is going to charge you to keep your profile private, and that you need to post a legal notice to your page or you will lose copyright control of your pictures and content. You’ve probably seen lots of friends posting something like this:
“Now it’s official! It has been published in the media. Facebook has just released the entry price: $5.99 to keep the subscription of your status to be set to ‘private.’ If you paste this message on your page, it will be offered free (paste not share) if not tomorrow, all your posts can become public. Even the messages that have been deleted or the photos not allowed. After all, it does not cost anything for a simple copy and paste.”
This warning is catching a lot of people off guard. But before you copy and paste anything onto your page, remember you shouldn’t believe everything you read online. Facebook says this is not true.
The company posted: “While there may be water on Mars, don’t believe everything you read on the Internet today. 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!”
If you’re not sure whether something you read online is true, you can visit Snopes.com, a website devoted to busting online myths.