See this message recently on your friends’ Facebook timeline?
“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.”
It’s a hoax.
The message, which has been posted by a variety of people over the past few days on the popular social media site indicates all of your posts will become public if the message isn’t posted on your page.
Facebook quickly confirmed that the message isn’t true.
“We have noticed some statements that suggest otherwise and we wanted to take a moment to remind you of the facts — when you post things like photos to Facebook, we do not own them,” Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes said in a statement to reporters. “Under our terms (https://www.facebook.com/legal/terms), you grant Facebook permission to use, distribute, and share the things you post, subject to the terms and applicable privacy settings.”
The full statement on Facebook’s legal terms read as follows:
“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 content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos (IP content), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy and application settings: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (IP License).”
Snopes, a site which looks at Internet hoaxes, made the following statement on the matter.
“Facebook users cannot retroactively negate any of the privacy or copyright terms they agreed to when they signed up for their Facebook accounts nor can they unilaterally alter or contradict terms instituted by Facebook simply by posting a contrary legal notice on their Facebook walls.”
So the best advice we can offer is to check your privacy settings on the social media site.
It’s the best way to make sure your content is safe.