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Now-a-days, when you log in to Facebook you are greeted with wedding pictures, honeymoon pictures and/or baby pictures. However, yesterday users were in for a surprise when everyone’s TL was crammed with ONE status update. The status update was with regards to Facebook’s content privacy and this is what it said.

In response to the new Facebook guidelines I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details, illustrations, comics, paintings, professional photos and videos, etc. (as a result of the Berner Convention). For commercial use of the above my written consent is needed at all times!

(Anyone reading this can copy this text and paste it on their Facebook Wall. This will place them under protection of copyright laws. By the present communiqué, I notify Facebook that it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, disseminate, or take any other action against me on the basis of this profile and/or its contents. The aforementioned prohibited actions also apply to employees, students, agents and/or any staff under Facebook’s direction or control. The content of this profile is private and confidential information. The violation of my privacy is punished by law (UCC 1 1-308-308 1-103 and the Rome Statute).

Facebook is now an open capital entity. All members are recommended to publish a notice like this, or if you prefer, you may copy and paste this version. If you do not publish a statement at least once, you will be tacitly allowing the use of elements such as your photos as well as the information contained in your profile status updates.

Lately, fake and annoying broadcasts have been BBM’s forte, so it was a surprise to see this trend shift to Facebook.

The fact is that no privacy and content policies can be changed by updating your status, obviously! When one signs up, he/she agrees to the terms and conditions of Facebook. While users own intellectual property of the data they upload, their privacy settings determine whether or not they grant “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)”  to Facebook.

The good news is that not everyone out there fell for this. Many people on Twitter were outraging about the uselessness of this exercise while some people on Facebook took the pains to draft a sarcastic, similar-looking status update to counter this hoax perpetrated unknowingly by the status-sharing lot. One of the funny responses to this hoax was the picture displayed below. Hail Batman!

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