Don't freak out, your Facebook is just fine! However, that fake Facebook copyright message that "claims" to protect users' media.

The message claims to put copyright protections on a user's posts after they share the status update. This hoax originated in 2012, made the rounds and disappeared, and now it is back!

Here is the text of the hoax message:

"In response to the new Facebook guidelines, I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details, illustrations, comics, paintings, professional photos and videos, etc. (as a result of the Berner Convention). For commercial use of the above my written consent is needed at all times!"

Don't copy and paste this nonsense, you'll look like an idiot to your friends.

It is a hoax, because Facebook doesn't own your posts. If you read through Facebook's user agreement it states that they have the right to distribute and share the things you post, subject to your privacy and application settings.


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Also, there is no such thing as the "Berner Convention". The person behind the hoax probably meant to say "Berne Convention", which is an international agreement protecting literary and artistic works.

Your Facebook account is just fine, so go ahead and post those cute kitty pictures!