26/11/2012 10:42 GMT

Facebook Privacy Hoax: Have You Been Hoodwinked?

Have your Facebook friends come over all funny and started posting long-winded, legalistic, statuses about copyright?

We've reproduced it below in case you don't recognise it.

facebook hoax

Well, before you get concerned and want to repost it, don't worry. According to the New York Daily News it's a hoax with the actual Facebook guidelines stating:

“We provide data to our advertising partners or customers after we have removed your name or any other personally identifying information from it, or have combined it with other people's data in a way that it is no longer associated with you."

The Times of India also says it's a fake, pointing out the company's privacy settings state: "You own all of the content and information you post on Facebook, and you can control how it is shared through your privacy and application settings".

For those interested in the legal aspect of things, The Metro reports.

In the same way that posting your own hackneyed rental agreement in your lounge window makes no difference to your landlord once he’s got your original signed contract, neither does this status update amend your agreement with Facebook. You simply can’t retroactively alter the mutually-agreed terms by making a Facebook post.