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Fake Facebook privacy disclaimer clogs digital newsfeeds

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An illustration of an Apple iPhone displaying the Facebook app's splash screen in front of the login page.
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An illustration of an Apple iPhone displaying the Facebook app's splash screen in front of the login page.

This weekend on Facebook you may have noticed a few of your friends posting something like:

This weekend on Facebook you may have noticed a few of your friends posting something like:

"In response to the new Facebook guidelines I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details, illustrations, graphics, comics, paintings, 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 ... 

The post goes on for about three long paragraphs, but the basic idea is simple: post the message and Facebook isn't allowed to make commercial use of the stuff you've put on the site.

Problem is, this disclaimed post isn't true. 

Slate's Will Oremus joins the show to talk about what's behind this new fake Facebook privacy chainletter.

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