Scams and hoaxes of all types pop up every day on Facebook, and some of them have a habit of rearing their ugly heads time and time again.
These recurring hoaxes are often more annoying than dangerous, but it’s still good to avoid them whenever possible.
I have received several messages over the past few days asking about the legitimacy of a recurring hoax that’s currently making the rounds again.
It’s called the “Deadline Tomorrow” hoax, and it basically says that Facebook is going to make all of your posts and photos available to the public “tomorrow” unless you copy and paste a semi-legalistic looking statement onto your Timeline to forbid Facebook from making the change to your privacy settings.
Of course “tomorrow” has been coming for several weeks now, but Facebook has yet to make all of our posts and photos public.
Just so you’ll recognize it when you see it, here’s the full text of the most common variation of the hoax:
In a nutshell, this and all similar posts are nothing more than hoaxes, and it’s easy to understand why when you consider the following:
1 – Facebook would never make such a drastic change to their users’ privacy settings without letting them know about it with an official policy/TOS update since doing so would alienate a huge portion of their users.
2 – Even if Facebook were to make such a change, you wouldn’t be able to “opt out” of the change simply by posting some semi-legalistic gobblygook to your Timeline.
Facebook’s “Terms of Service” are what they are, and we all agree to them by continuing to use the service. Neither I nor you can unilaterally change something in the TOS simply by posting something on our Timelines.
Bottom line: Like many other Facebook scams, the “Deadline Tomorrow” hoax is more irritating than dangerous.
But that being said, ignoring it when you see it could help it fade into oblivion a little faster than it would had you shared it. What’s more, ignoring it will help keep it from cluttering up your friends’ news feeds.
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