Paranoia about the privacy of our Facebook pages is becoming as widespread as our fear of clowns.
The recurring Facebook hoax warning users their posts will become public is back with a vengeance. So, if you're seeing a number of posts informing you to share the message to keep Facebook from sharing your public information, DON'T PANIC.
The widely-circulating post (or some iteration of it) reads:
...We're thinking Facebook is probably getting sick of reminding us that this isn't actually true.
The hoax first started appearing in November 2012. The post was copied and shared so widely that Facebook issued the following statement:
There is a rumor circulating that Facebook is making a change related to ownership of users' information or the content they post to the site. This is false. Anyone who uses Facebook owns and controls the content and information they post, as stated in our terms. They control how that content and information is shared. That is our policy, and it always has been.
When the hoax popped up again in 2015, Facebook decided to get a little more clever in its response.
At the time, one user commented on Facebook's post warning people that Facebook would begin charging its users. And Facebook didn't have time for that nonsense, either.
"Facebook is free and always will be," the company replied.
Facebook is now requesting that users who see the post report it as spam. Your photos are safe...For now..... Just kidding, your photos are safe, people.