You've probably seen in your timeline that Facebook is going to make all of your private pictures public tomorrow, October 19th 2016. Could that possibly be true? Nope.

The Facebook privacy hoax looks something like this -

Deadline tomorrow !!! Everything you’ve ever posted becomes public from tomorrow. Even messages that have been deleted or the photos not allowed. It costs nothing for a simple copy and paste, better safe than sorry. Channel 13 News talked about the change in Facebook’s privacy policy. I do not give Facebook or any entities associated with Facebook permission to use my pictures, information, messages or posts, both past and future. With this statement, I give notice to Facebook it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, or take any other action against me based on this profile and/or its contents. The content of this profile is private and confidential information. The violation of privacy can be punished by law (UCC 1-308- 1 1 308-103 and the Rome Statute). NOTE: Facebook is now a public entity. All members must post a note like this. If you prefer, you can copy and paste this version. If you do not publish a statement at least once it will be tactically allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in the profile status updates. DO NOT SHARE. Copy and paste.

According to, this has been making the rounds on Facebook since late in 2012. sites an official statement from Facebook “This is false. Anyone who uses Facebook owns and controls the content and information they post, as stated in our terms,” Facebook stated. “They control how that content and information is shared. That is our policy, and it always has been.”

Also, think about this. the post says to copy and paste. Why not just share it? that's because if people just shared it, it could be tracked back to the original person who posted it. Also, if you copy and paste it, it's basically a sneaky way for it to pop up in other people's timelines. If you shared it, it would possibly be filtered out of most people's news feeds due to certain preferences set by users.

So, no, it's not true. You can take a breath now.

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