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Elise Moreau

Posting Copyright Notices on Facebook Does Absolutely Nothing

By November 26, 2012

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Tip of the day: don't re-post anything on Facebook that claims to offer you legal protection to all of your personal information. Sorry, but it doesn't do squat.

Chances are you've seen some kind of legal jargon-packed status update of three or more paragraphs pop up in your news feed over the past few days. It's misinformation like this that shows us the real downside of Internet virality.

The Facebook Copyright Protection Notice has been a hoax for a few years now, but it recently resurfaced across the social network this past week. When you sign up for Facebook, you are essentially signing a contract agreeing to its terms. Same goes for any other social network you use.

You are still the copyright holder of every personal piece of information you own or created, but Facebook licenses it from you when you share it. You can actually take a look over Facebook's legal terms here.

UPDATE: This news has caught the attention of Facebook itself. A formal "fact check" statement was released Monday afternoon addressing the spread of the hoax.

Photo: Screenshot of Facebook.com

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