Facebook Privacy Repost ScamIN SOCIAL MEDIA TIPS
You’ve seen it before – someone in your Facebook newsfeed copies and pastes a status message with an emphatic use of ALL CAPS, saying: with Facebook privacy changes, the poster’s information may be made PUBLIC unless you DO SOMETHING. Maybe you’ve even posted this before, nervous about the new features and shifts in Facebook’s ever changing landscape.
It’s no surprise people fall for it – this scam/spam/praying on our fears demand uses words like “graph” and “app,” making it sound like it knows what it’s talking about. But it’s a chain letter that just won’t go away – a post urging people to take an action that doesn’t actually affect privacy.
The scam does do something – it takes your life events, comments and likes out of your friends’ newsfeeds that comply. But it doesn’t protect what you post from becoming public. Only you can do that.