Facebook news feeds have been filled with legal notices and warnings over the past two days. If you think the messages look familiar, it’s because you’ve probably seen them before.
The warnings are actually a hoax. They've sporadically circulated on Facebook for years and people have continued to fall for the meaningless disclaimer.
The latest version of the hoax claims Facebook would be charging users a fee to keep their data private. The posts urges users to copy and paste a “statement” that would keep Facebook from using their photos, videos or statuses without permission. Here’s a portion of the post:
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.
After rumors spread, Facebook posted a status reminding its one billion users not to believe everything they read online.
Facebook’s actual terms of service state address content ownership and privacy.