After numerous phone calls, messages, texts and emails from concerned clients, business contacts, networking buddies, friends and even family members we felt that there may need to be a blog post that just confirms that really nobody needs to be concerned about the ‘Facebook Warning’ that they may have seen posted on friends profile pages. The post / status update looked something like this;

“Better Safe than Sorry Right:
Channel 13 News was just talking about this change in Facebook Privacy Policy. As of January 4, 2015 at 11:43 am Eastern standard time, I DO NOT give Facebook or any entities associated with Facebook permission to use my pictures, information, or posts, all past, present, 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. The violation of privacy can be punished by law
(UCC 1-308- 1 1 308-103 and the Rome Statute). NOTE: Facebook is now a public entity. All members MUST post a note like this. If you do not publish a statement at least once it will be tactically allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in your profile status updates.
I have left this statement in my comments below. So it’s easy for you to copy & paste.”

You’ll be glad to hear it was a hoax, it didn’t achieve anything, wasn’t real and apart from maybe seeing it all over your newsfeed it hasn’t actually achieved anything expect annoyed and / or panicked a few of us.

Under Facebook terms and conditions (that you agreed to when setting up a profile on Facebook, it says that you have granted Facebook permission to use, distribute and share the things you post, subject to the privacy terms that you use.

When it comes to making declarations about your privacy rights, these are not needed. When agreeing to the terms and conditions of Facebook you are providing them with a non-exclusive, transferable and royalty free license to use the content that you post. The law already protects you with copyright issues.

Very basically speaking, posting a ‘legal notice’ on your facebook page will not do anything, mean anything or achieve anything so just ignore it. If there is anything worrying or important that the Creative Content Company team think you need to be aware of we will let you know via email, phone, newsletter or a blog post here.

When you choose the Creative Content Company team for your social media management or social media training you’re in safe hands!