With the massive amount of information at your fingertips courtesy of Facebook, being fooled by the occasional hoax is inevitable. Normally, a healthy dose of skepticism and a trigger-happy finger for quick Googling is enough to save you, but most of the misinformation on social media take the form of official-sounding, fear-mongering, and ultimately believable words. Take for example this classic “Facebook privacy notice” status update that’s been making the rounds yet again:
News flash: A Facebook status update isn’t an official contract that can protect your content from the very social network that allows you to post them. The fact that you signed up for Facebook essentially means you give them permission to use everything you post for whatever reason they deem necessary. There’s just no way around it.
Unfortunately, not everyone is aware of this. When some people see the erroneous status update on their news feed posted by one of their friends, they immediately think, “It’s better to be safe than sorry, right?”
If you’re sick of seeing troves of copy-pasted privacy notices on your feed, here are a number of ways to deal with the propagation of (annoying) misinformation in your network:
1. Direct them to Facebook’s official page.
If Facebook changes anything major in privacy policies and terms, it would easily be verifiable on the company’s official page. If it’s not in there, it’s probably not true. Also, Facebook has already addressed the issue, including one claiming that Facebook will start charging for posts.