‘Channel 13 News’ Facebook privacy hoax is back — don’t fall for it

facebookwebWorried that everything you’ve ever posted on Facebook will become public tomorrow?

Worry no more; it’s just a viral Facebook privacy hoax that’s circulating once again.

Before you copy and paste the “statement” and fan the flames of this modern day chain letter, please keep reading.

Facebook hoaxThe version of the post that’s making the rounds claims “Channel 13 News” talked about the change in Facebook’s policy.

There’s a “Channel 13 News” in many TV markets across the country, perhaps giving the post some credibility.

Working at CBS 13 News in Portland, Maine, I can confidently tell you, “No, ‘Channel 13 News’ did not report about a change in Facebook’s privacy rules.”

Other “Channel 13 News” stations are also getting the word out about this hoax: WTHR 13 Indianapolis, CBS 13 Sacramento, FOX 13 Salt Lake City.

Facebook addressed this nonsense years ago.

“There is a rumor circulating that Facebook is making a change related to ownership of users’ information or the content they post to the site. This is false. Anyone who uses Facebook owns and controls the content and information they post, as stated in our terms. They control how that content and information is shared. That is our policy, and it always has been,” the Facebook blog post said.

And, and — if you want to read more about the very official sounding “Rome Statute,” click here. The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court applies to genocide and war crimes, not Facebook pictures and status updates, and in fact, it has never been ratified in the United States.

Jon Chrisos

About Jon Chrisos

Award-winning journalist Jon Chrisos is the investigative and consumer reporter at CBS 13 in Portland. He also anchors weeknights at 5:30. Chrisos is “On Your Side” investigating the stories that make a difference in your life. He’s passionate about helping those who’ve been wronged, exposing government waste, asking tough questions, and uncovering the truth.