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Check Out Posts Before You Share

Posted By Jen Reeves On November 27, 2012 @ 1:14 pm In The Download | Comments Disabled

[1]There’s a Facebook post you may have seen again and again over the past week. It’s a post your friends are copying and pasting from each other without checking to see if it’s true. It looks something like this:

Anyone reading this can copy this text and paste it on their Facebook Wall. This will place them under protection of copyright laws. By the present communiqué, I notify Facebook that it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, disseminate, or take any other action against me on the basis of this profile and/or its contents. The aforementioned prohibited actions also apply to employees, students, agents and/or any staff under Facebook’s direction or control. The content of this profile is private and confidential information. The violation of my privacy is punished by law (UCC 1 1-308-308 1-103 and the Rome Statute.)

It’s untrue. All of it. And if you searched Facebook privacy, you’d probably see an old post from Mashable [2] talking about how the posting is fake this past summer. (The site posted another warning [3].) Or a wonderful go-to site is Snopes [4]. Here’s what that site had to say about the Facebook privacy posting [5]. This is similar to a growing trend I watched on many different social media platforms during Hurricane Sandy [6].

When you signed up for Facebook, you agreed to the site’s terms and services [7]. Whenever Facebook changes its terms, it alerts you and gives you a chance to leave the site if you disagree with the changes. The last time it was revised was in June of 2012.

JEN’S SOCIAL MEDIA TIP: If you see posts many of your friends are sharing on a social media site, use a web search tool (like Google [8] or Bing [9]) and find details about it before you reshare it.

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[1] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/superfake.jpg

[2] from Mashable: http://mashable.com/2012/06/05/facebook-privacy-notice-fake/

[3] another warning: http://mashable.com/2012/11/26/viral-privacy-notice-facebook/

[4] Snopes: http://snopes.com

[5] Facebook privacy posting: http://www.snopes.com/computer/facebook/privacy.asp

[6] Hurricane Sandy: http://aarpblog.wordpress.com/2012/10/30/social-media-lessons-from-hurricane-sandy/

[7] terms and services: https://www.facebook.com/legal/terms

[8] Google: http://google.com

[9] Bing: http://bing.com

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