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Don’t believe the status. By copying and pasting a short post in legalese about your privacy settings on Facebook, you will not, in fact, make the photos and videos you’ve posted more private.

These statuses may have been popping up on your Newsfeed, but they’re really just part of an elaborate hoax that has plagued the social-network site for years.

One contains what seems like complicated and official legal language stating that the privacy and confidentiality of the account will be protected from that moment onwards, CBS reports.

Another of the posts says that, if users pay a monthly subscription fee, they will ensure that their videos and photos remain private, according to CBS. By pasting the text into their status, the hoax claims that users will waive the fee.

Don’t believe a word of it. Facebook has made a point of addressing these hoaxes in the past.

For genuine information on permissions and privacy on Facebook, read its statement of Rights and Responsibilities and Facebook’s Data Policy.


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