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Stop! Facebook privacy post is a(nother) hoax!

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It's all a hoax people. It's all a hoax people.
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You have to wonder why people even make the thing up in the first place. To see how many people they can sucker into posting their fake status on Facebook? Internet trolls are amused by the simplest things. 

If you have a Facebook account, and check it on a regular basis, then you no doubt have seen a few of your more gullible friends copy and paste a status update, hoping it will protect them from impending doom that is coming to the social media site. The only problem is it is not true. Every so often, these posts pop up, and there's always a group of people who end up believing it, creating the firestorm and causing many people to share the post "just in case." 

The latest post circulating on Facebook Monday promised immunity from Facebook stealing all of your pictures if you copy and pasted it. In case you didn't see it, or simply want to know what to look for so you can tell your friends to chill, it goes like this:

"As of September 28th , 2015 at 10:50p.m. Eastern standard time, I do not give Facebook or any entities associated with Facebook permission to use my pictures, information, or posts, both past and future. By this statement, I give notice to Facebook it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, or take any other action against me based on this profile and/or its contents."

As Maury Povich would say, "That's a lie." But this hoax comes with an addendum: Privacy... for a price. 

"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 (I said paste not share) if not tomorrow, all your posts can become public."

 Let's check back in with Maury: "The lie detector test determined that was also a lie." 

Facebook maintains the site is free. "Always has been and always will be." 

The company posted the following statement on their page once news of the post continued to flood feeds: 

"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!"

There you have it. Rest easy. And stop sharing hoax posts. 

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