If you have a Facebook account, chances are you’ve seen a viral post
believed by many to serve as a disclaimer to protect their Facebook content and
interactions. Here’s how the
As of September
2015 at 10:50p.m. Eastern Standard Time, I do not give Facebook or any
entities associated with Facebook permission to use my pictures, information,
or posts, both past and future. By 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 If you do not publish a statement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.
While Facebook was quick to respond and debunk the rumor, which has circulated
for a few years now, it’s a great reminder to everyone who uses Facebook to
review their privacy settings. Here are a few tips to help ensure you are only
sharing information and pictures with those who you wish to share.
Click the padlock item in the upper right corner
of Facebook, and run a Privacy Checkup. This will walk you through three simple
1. Who you share status updates with.
2. A list of the apps that are connected to your Facebook profile (such as
Pinterest or Instagram) and what is shared by each of those apps.
3. How personal information from your profile (such as your phone number and
email) is shared.
As a rule of thumb, we recommend your setting to be set to “Friends Only” to
avoid sharing your information with strangers. You can confirm that all of your
future posts will be visible to “Friends Only” by reselecting the padlock and
clicking “Who can see my stuff?” then select
“What do other people see on my timeline” and review the differences between
your public and friends only profile.
Of note, the first option under “Who can see my stuff?” only refers to your
future posts. To avoid having to go back and updating the visibility on your
past posts, click the “See More Settings.” Once
there, you will see an option to “Limit Past Posts.” Clicking “Limit Past
Posts” will default all of your past posts to the updated privacy setting you
For more information about maintaining privacy in the social world of Facebook,