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Facebook Privacy Hoax Returns To News Feeds

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- Is Facebook going to start charging users to keep their posts private?  In a word: no.

A Facebook hoax has begun making the rounds (again) leading some users to think that Facebook is going to start charging for photos and other content.

Some have posted the following message on their timelines: 'Due to the fact that Facebook has chosen to involve software that will allow the theft of my personal information, I state: at this date of January 4, 2015, in response to the new guidelines of Facebook, pursuant to articles L.111, 112 and 113 of the code of intellectual property, I declare that my rights are attached to all my personal data drawings, paintings, photos, video, texts etc. published on my profile and my page. For commercial use of the foregoing my written consent is required at all times.'

The hoax has been exposed several times, so fear not, there is no need to post a "legal notice" on your wall to protect your copyright and privacy rights.

According to Snopes, messages about protecting copyright or privacy rights on Facebook by posting a particular legal notice to your wall are variants of an item which circulated several years ago.

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