A new privacy-related (perhaps inspired by the GDPR activation) scam, this time affecting Facebook users, has surfaced the web. Read carefully this article in case you have posted a notice to your Facebook timeline where you proclaim your copyright ownership of all content. This notice is a scam, and you should inform your friends in case they have posted it, too.
In fact, this scam is not at all new but is a renewal of a previously known fraud when Facebook became a publicly-traded company. The older sham exploited this change to trick users that Facebook updated the rules of their privacy agreement. This alleged privacy change would have put users’ posts and photos at risk unless users copy-pasted a copy of a disclaimer establishing copyright ownership. Actually, the scam is even older and it dates back at least to 2012 when the same message was being spread on the social network.
What Is the Facebook Copyright Scam all about?
Here is the text of the new scam message currently spreading on Facebook:
In response to the new Facebook guidelines I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details, illustrations, paintings, writing, publications, photos and videos, etc. (as a result of the Berne Convention).
The scam attempts to persuade users that written consent is required for commercial use of any of the listed content, tricking more users into further distributing the same notice on their timeline.
According to Robert Scoble, users that are posting about copyright on Facebook haven’t done their research…and are idiots. This is the message he posted to his 434,000 subscribers: “If you are posting about copyright on Facebook and you haven’t done your research you are an idiot.”
Why Is the Facebook Copyright Scam… a Scam?
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*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from How to, Technology and PC Security Forum authored by Milena Dimitrova. Read the original post at: https://sensorstechforum.com/facebook-copyright-notice-scam-protect/