Most of the Facebook users must be familiar with the post in the image above. If we didn’t make a similar post, our timeline has definitely been bombarded with friends and family who have!
Well, all we can say that we’ve been had! Once again! Yes this is a hoax!
News rumors, statements, what have you, of the sort surface from time to time and people always play along.
By now, it should be clear that things like this can be verified over the internet.
But unfortunately, the more the use of internet is becoming common, the more silly people are becoming about it! Not only we believe everything on line, without cross checking, we copy paste and defend with righteous fervor whatever we have copy pasted!
All that is required is a simple Google check!
There are two things to keep in mind here:
a) No declaration by a user on Facebook will matter in legal terms.
b) Facebook’s policy states, “You retain the copyright to your content. When you upload your content, you grant us a license to use and display that content.”
c) A simple Google search will show no such thing as aBerner Convention either exists or ever took place.
A very disgruntled (and rightfully so) Facebook user made the following post:
For those who still have their doubts, Facebook has issued the following statement: “There is a rumor circulating that Facebook is making a change related to ownership of users’ information or the content they post to the site. This is false. Anyone who uses Facebook owns and controls the content and information they post, as stated in our terms. They control how that content and information is shared. That is our policy, and it always has been.”
A word of advice: Facebook is a social forum, and a public one at that. When we make a profile, it has to be with the understanding that the data we share will be visible to others. We sign a terms and conditions statement when we join Facebook or any such forum. The very document allows them to change their policies and regulations as and when they see fit. We can do nothing more than be responsible and wise in our actions.