The annual ritual of everyone you know sharing a meaningless copyright disclaimer on Facebook has begun again. And, just in case you didn’t get the message the first half-dozen times this has happened, you can’t opt yourself out of Facebook’s terms of service or change what they’re allowed to do with your content by copy-pasting some pseudo-legal boilerplate into your timeline.

The latest iteration of the hoax claims Facebook is planning to charge a fee to keep your “private” data private. This is also not true. If Facebook changes the terms of its relationship with you, its user/product, it is required to inform you so that you have the opportunity to decline the changes—not by posting a Facebook message, but by quitting the site.

Here is our original post about Facebook copyright notices from 2012(!), which is still just as true as it was then.

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