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Did you fall for the Facebook hoax...again?

By Valerie Edwards

Published 29/09/2015

Facebook signage outside the main entrance to their HQ in California. (Facebook/PA Wire)
Facebook signage outside the main entrance to their HQ in California. (Facebook/PA Wire)

Less than 24 hours after Facebook suffered a major global outage, two privacy warnings have resurfaced and are being shared by thousands of users in fear of their privacy settings being removed.

Last night after 8pm UK time users were displayed a message saying: "Sorry, something went wrong."

Today two notices requiring Facebook users to pay £5.99 ($9.10), or post the message on their page have gone viral.

The warnings indicate that users should copy and paste the post in order to keep their photos and profiles private; otherwise, the social network will use them for marketing purposes and remove privacy settings.

These warnings are hoaxes that have been circulating since 2013 and have led many people to believe that sharing the message will keep Facebook from claiming their account.

One message implies that users can purchase a monthly subscription to ensure their Facebook posts stay private:

“Now it's official! It has been published in the media. Facebook has just released the entry price: £5.99 ($9.10) to keep the subscription of your status to be set to “private.” If you paste this message on your page, it will be offered free (I said paste not share) if not tomorrow, all your posts can become public. Even the messages that have been deleted or the photos not allowed. After all, it does not cost anything for a simple copy and paste.”

The other message claims to be a legal contract, which if posted protects Facebook photos and profile information from copyright infringement:

"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. The content of this profile is private and confidential information. The violation of privacy can be punished by law (UCC 1-308- 1 1 308-103 and the Rome Statute). NOTE: Facebook is now a public entity. All members must post a note like this. If you prefer, you can copy and paste this version. If you do not publish a statement at least once it will be tactically allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in the profile status updates.

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