Before You Copy and Paste that Copyright Facebook Message…

Recently, you may have noticed at least one of your friends on Facebook post some sort of privacy alert message. If you have hundreds of friends (do you, really?), you may have come across this message several times.

This message essentially states that if you copy and paste said message onto your Facebook feed, it will automatically give you copyright protection to the content that you share.

The problem with this, is that it is nothing more than a hoax.

Facebook does NOT own your the copyright to anything that you post.

In fact, Facebook addresses this very item within its Help section. In short, it says that “…you retain the copyright to your content. When you upload your content, you grant us a license to use and display that content.”

Just think about it: if you post a selfie while stuck in traffic, and don’t allow Facebook to display it, how will your family and friends know of your rush-hour displeasure?

So if you see someone post this message on their feed, you may consider enlightening them of this hoax.

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