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Everything on the internet is true! Said no one ever. Here is a compiled list of the top 5 most annoying Facebook hoaxes that have flooded our feeds in recent times.
1. Facebook soon plans to charge monthly subscription fees to users.
The Claim: With claims that Facebook will charge a monthly fee of anywhere from $3.99 – $50.00, no wonder everyone is up in arms! How dare the biggest social media giant start to charge its loyal members a fee to use their service. No one is willing to fork out that kind of cash for something that connects people from around the world, notwithstanding online dating sites making billions.
The Reality: Thankfully a protest page was readily available for the angry users. Little did they know that within this page, by clicking on certain elements, a script initiated which hijacked users’ computers. This left mad clickers even madder with a bunk computer laden with malware and, shall we say, highly objectionable images.
2. Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook will be shut down in May. Managing the site has become too stressful.
The Claim: “Facebook has gotten out of control,” said Zuckerberg in a press conference outside his Palo Alto office, “and the stress of managing this company has ruined my life. I need to put an end to all the madness.”
…Uh yeah, right. Facebook is worth $200 billion. I’ll let that sink in a second. The second Zuckerberg’s job opens up, I’ll be the first in line with my resume.
The Reality: With freedom of speech comes freedom of the press, where certain members of our great society take it upon themselves to “spice things up” in the news world, while trying to make asses out of the rest of us.
The folks at Weekly World News (WWN) surely got some jollies when in early 2011, they ran a share worthy story. In case you haven’t checked the “About Us” section of WWN, I can safely tell you that the Enquirer has some serious competition. Oh, and by the way, they like to repost the same “stories” repeatedly with changed dates, so you’re sure to see the “Facebook shut-down” posts again any time now.
Good question. Glad to see that people are worried about their children’s safety on the social media site. Why little Johnny has a FB profile and 200 selfies taken with his iPhone at the age of 5 is beyond me, but I digress.
The Reality: As stated in the Facebook newsroom: “Everyone used to have a setting called “Who can look up your Timeline by name?,” which controlled whether you could be found when people typed your name into the Facebook search bar.” It was just a case of bad interpretation where it can easily be seen as “Facebook deletes all privacy settings! Initiate Panic Mode!” All of Facebook’s other privacy controls and policies remained the same. While the “Who can look up your Timeline by name?” setting was somewhat useful for users who preferred to remain less visible, it didn’t solely prevent others from finding them.
4. Facebook owns your photos, information, and anything else you post on the site.
The Claim: Posting a legal notice on your Facebook wall will protect your copyright and privacy rights.
By posting a longwinded disclaimer stating that the users rights are attached to all their personal data, photos, video, texts etc. published on their profile and page. Littered throughout the text are laws like UCC 1-308 1-308 1-103 and the Rome Statute and such that the average Joe knows nothing about.
The Reality: Facebook does not and has not claimed copyright to personal information, photographs, and other material that their users are posting to the social network. Period. To make a long story short, unconvinced users can simply read all about it on Facebooks policy page.
5. No swearing campaign on Facebook.
The Claim: At the request of advertisers, to make the social network more family friendly, Facebook has instituted a ‘no swearing’ campaign and threatened to lock the accounts of users who enjoy, er, employ profanity.
The Reality: It’s a hoax, just a hoax. It was probably my mother who started the hoax after seeing creative verbiage plastered all over my wall. On a side note, Facebook users can take advantage of profanity filters that will block posts containing certain offensive words. In addition, there are guidelines about posts that might be considered hate speech, bullying, or harassment. But those are just guidelines. So, swear on, my friends!