Sound the alarms: Facebook is about to start charging a monthly fee to keep your data private. Just kidding.
The social media giant in truth is doing nothing of the sort. But that hasn’t stopped everyone from sharing statuses that warn people to post a declaration about privacy, pay up, or do nothing and expect your personal data to become public. Here’s the type of note you’ve probably seen in your news feed: “As of September 28 2015 8:50 pm 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. The content of this profile is private and confidential information.”
However, if anyone posting these statuses had stopped to read Facebook’s terms of service, they would have found this crystal clear language: “You own all of the content and information you post on Facebook, and you can control how it is shared through your privacy and applications settings.”