Facebook Officials on New Hoax: 'Facebook is Free and Always Will Be' 

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Facebook officials are warning their users—now approaching 2 billion—not to get suckered by a new hoax preying on consumers' security fears. Facebook users across the globe began receiving messages on their news feeds Monday saying that if they don't act fast, Facebook will be drilling even further into their privacy.

The typical message begins like this:

As of September 28th , 2015 at 10:50p.m. Eastern standard time, I do not give Facebook or any entities associated with Facebook permission to use my pictures, information, or posts, both past and future. By this statement, I give notice to Facebook it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, or take any other action against me based on this profile and/or its contents.
Many of the hoaxes then lure users into purchasing a subscription, costing about $5.99 per month, to contract with a service that promises to keep Facebook posts private.

As expected, tens of millions of unsuspecting Facebook users are re-posting the messages and when users see that their friends have endorsed the service, the hoax gains major traction. A similar privacy hoax surfaced in 2012.

But Facebook, in its post to users, wrote, "While there may be water on Mars, don't believe everything you read on the Internet."

Officials reiterated that "Facebook is free and it always will be," adding "Stay safe out there Earthlings."


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