Viral Facebook 'Privacy Notice' Is a Fake -- When Will It End?

FacebookEveryone has their own opinions about which statuses are the MOST annoying on Facebook. Sure, you may have thought that the ones from your former kindergarten BFF about her doomed relationship were god awful, but then there's also those ramblings from your third cousin twice removed about her seventh kid that give the BFF a run for her money.

I'm here to tell you there's one type of status floating around right now that annoys me more than ANY other. It's the fake "privacy notice." You know which one I'm talking about, don'tcha? The one that tells you that every single thing you post on the site now, you know -- since it's officially a publicly traded company -- is public property?

Well let me tell you something amigas. WRONG. You can take a breath now. Check out the viral false privacy "notice" here:


Let's take a look -- shall we?

For those of you who do not understand the reasoning behind this posting, Facebook is now a publicly traded entity. Unless you state otherwise, anyone can infringe on your right to privacy once you post to this site. It is recommended that you and other members post a similar notice as this, or you may copy and paste this version. If you do not post such a statement once, then you are indirectly allowing public use of items such as your photos and the information contained in your status updates.

PRIVACY NOTICE: Warning -- any person and/or institution and/or Agent and/or Agency of any governmental structure including but not limited to the United States Federal Government also using or monitoring/using this website or any of its associated websites, you do NOT have my permission to utilize any of my profile information nor any of the content contained herein including, but not limited to my photos, and/or the comments made about my photos or any other “picture” art posted on my profile.

You are hereby notified that you are strictly prohibited from disclosing, copying, distributing, disseminating, or taking any other action against me with regard to this profile and the contents herein. The foregoing prohibitions also apply to your employee , agent , student or any personnel under your direction or control.

The contents of this profile are private and legally privileged and confidential information, and the violation of my personal privacy is punishable by law. UCC 1-103 1-308 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED WITHOUT PREJUDICE.

To the untrained eye, that post looks pretty legit. It wasn't until the third or fourth time I saw it on the site that I actually read the whole thing myself. While all those other nagging "modest brag" statuses can be uber annoying, this one just takes the cake for me. Mostly because this status in particular makes users like you and me question our personal activity on Facebook. Facebook is supposed to be a leisurely thing, not a scary one.

Like I said, take comfort in knowing that this is NOT true. I can't help but wonder, who SERIOUSLY takes the time to come up with these things? It's not like any bragging rights come with the glory of knowing your fake status is catching on. Sigh. Oohhhh scammers, I'll never understand you.

What statuses bug you the most on Facebook?


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