The Funniest Posts on the "Better Be Safe Than Sorry" Facebook Hoax

"Is it too late now to say sorry?"


( An intriguing statement started circulating online over the weekend claiming that "Everything you've ever posted [on Facebook] becomes public from tomorrow." Some key phrases include "deadline tomorrow" and "better safe than sorry." Since this isn't the first time that the message circulated, no one knows when this "tomorrow" actually is.


The post sounds very much like one of those old-school emails you were forced to forward to 15 friends lest you wanted to be single for life or experience bad luck or other variations thereof. The original posts reads:


"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 If you do not publish a statement at least once it will be tactically allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in the profile status updates.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 to be on the safe side."

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Obviously, this is a hoax as reported by British news site The Telegraph on June 29 and again by ABS-CBN on October 17. Facebook, in an official statement, clarified its privacy settings: "Our terms say clearly: You own all of the content and information you post on Facebook, and you can control how it's shared through your privacy and application settings. That's how it works, and this hasn't changed."


While some Facebook users reposted the original version, others had a bit of fun with the hoax. (Screencaps posted with permission from the owners because, you know, privacy.)









Twitter users also followed suit and posted their own funny take on the issue.











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