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Facebook hoaxes shared by the scared

Dire warnings and posts on privacy and security regularly appear in our Facebook feed, shared by people that believe they are true. Here is a round up of the hoaxes that are shared the most. They are all fake.

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1 of 12 Snopes - which has details about the history of each hoax. Snopes also has a Facebook page tracking the latest hoaxes and trends that are doing the rounds online.

Privacy warning

Public declarations in pseudo legalese about maintaining your privacy on Facebook show all of your friends that you have not read the terms and conditions when you joined the social networking site. You needed to accept them before you could get your Facebook account activated.

UCC 1-308 refers to the Uniform Commercial Code and to acceptance under Reservation of Rights

The Rome Statute refers to the establishment of four criminal crimes: genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression. I'm puzzled as to how your Facebook privacy settings could be linked to these crimes.

If you do not like your privacy settings on Facebook, you can change them in the settings -- or delete your Facebook account.

All Facebook members do not have to post a note like this. This is scaremongering and untrue.

 

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2 of 12 Eileen Brown/ZDNet

Blocking Automation Labs on Facebook

Blocking Automation Labs in your Facebook privacy settings will bring up a list of names associated with Automation Labs, not people who have access to your account.

Try putting other name variants into your Facebook block list and see who appears.

Non of then have access to your account. This is a hoax.

 

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Facebook will charge for its services

This warning was an attempt to encourage people to click on a page loaded with malware. Facebook has said it will never charge for its services.

This is a myth and untrue.

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Do not accept a friend request from this person

This circulates regularly with different names on the message. You should not accept a friend request from someone you do not actually know outside of Facebook.

This is a hoax calling out random names and is fake.

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5 of 12 Eileen Brown/ZDNet

Open door for hackers

This myth started circulating when your own name appeared as one of your own connections. This gave rise to the rumour that it was a back door for hacker access to your Facebook account.

This is a fake rumour.

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6 of 12 Eileen Brown/ZDNet

Private Facebook inbox messages

It looks like your private message to a friend has appeared on your timeline and your the timeline of your friend. What you have done is sent your friend a  post that has appeared on their wall, not aprivate message into their inbox.

You can however, hide past posts from your timeline, either individually or in bulk

This scare about your private messages is false.

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7 of 12 Eileen Brown/ZDNet

Apple iPad giveaway

Messages and emails such as this have been circulating on Facebook and via email for years offering variations of the gift. Here is another Facebook page and example of the giveaway.

The page is probably using a method known as 'Like Farming', a practice duping unsuspecting users to either share the image or Like the page in order to make the page popular and demonstrate the ability to reach new users.

There are no free iPads. Remember, if an offer seems too good to be true -- it probably is..

False. Again.

 

 

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8 of 12 Eileen Brown/ZDNet

Declaration of individual Facebook privacy

This warning started to appear and be shared amongst Facebook users when it introduced the timeline view and ticker sidebar in 2011 showing interaction by friends.

Confusion over the Graph app led to this post exhorting people to change their privacy settings. Changing these settings as advised only stops you seeing what others have posted.

It is a myth - and does not work.

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9 of 12 Eileen Brown/ZDNet

Facebook is shutting down

This is obviously not true as the May 15th 2013 date has passed us by and Facebook is still here. Facebook might close within the next 10 years, but there has been no announcement yet by Mark Zuckerberg about this happening.

This is yet another attempt to scare Facebook fans that the site they love might disapear one day.

Scareware and currently untrue.

 

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Virus will wipe out your PC

Facebook warnings of a virus that will wipe out your PC if you remove your timeline. There are legitimate add-ons which will change the Facebook display and do not contain malware.

Keep the Timeline view. Embrace the changes that Facebook has made. Ignore this hoax message.

 

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Violation of terms of service

Receiving a message such as this is often an attempt at phishing - an attempt to extract your Facebook account details, password or credit card details.

Facebook regularly makes changes to its terms of service. If you had violated its terms of service, your account would be disabled.

Ignore this scam. It is fake.

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12 of 12 Eileen Brown/ZDNet

Invitation Facebook virus

These virus warnings have been doing the rounds for years on email. Now they have started to appear on Facebook, they are shared and propagated.

Emails and instant messages containing links and worms do get through to your inbox. Never click on a link from someone that you do not recognise. Use your mouse to hover over the link in the email and do not click if the URL is different from that expected.

This message is designed to  cause anxiety. Ignore it. It is scareware and fake.

 

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