Most of us take our online privacy pretty seriously. And rightly so, nobody likes the idea of internet creepers lurking through their personal junk. But y'all need to cool it with the bogus Facebook statuses denying them the right to make your shit public. The post reads:

“Deadline tomorrow !!! Everything you’ve ever posted becomes public from tomorrow. Even messages that have been deleted or the photos not allowed. It costs nothing for a simple copy and paste, better safe than sorry. Channel 13 News talked about the change in Facebook’s privacy policy. I do not give Facebook or any entities associated with Facebook permission to use my pictures, information, messages or posts, both past and future. With 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). 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 If you do not publish a statement at least once it will be tactically allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in the profile status updates. DO NOT SHARE. Copy and paste.”


This flavour of Facebook idiocy has been doing the rounds since 2012 and usually rears it's head a couple of times a year. Firstly, if they were going to pull some shady shit with the munted selfies you post every weekend (they're not), your status would do sweet fuck all. It's the online equivalent of pulling out a cheeky "DYNAMITE!" during a game of Rock, Paper Scissors - it means nothing to them and makes you look like a colossal twat. 

The Rome Statute doesn't even deal with with copyright infringement or privacy concerns, it's the legal framework put in place by the International Criminal Court and covers genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. 

You do, however, automatically agree to Facebook's terms by using it, meaning they can use your publicly posted content however they want, as stated in their terms: 

"For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos (IP content), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy and application settings: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (IP License). This IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it."

Honestly, this is pretty common across social media platforms or anywhere you post content publicly and as they say, it's subject to your privacy and applications settings. But if you're still paranoid about the unwanted use of your photos, you'll probably want to delete them.


Source: Facebook. 
Photo: South Park.