A note is being shared widely on social media with a claim that a new Facebook rule will come into effect tomorrow and only posting the note will prevent Facebook from using one’s data. The note is being shared in two versions: the Facebook version and the Instagram version. Let’s try to analyze the claim made in the post.
Claim: Posting the note on Facebook and Instagram profiles will prevent Facebook and Instagram from using one’s data.
Fact: The message (note) is a hoax which is being circulated on social media for the last 7 years. Both Facebook and Instagram have specified in their privacy/data policies that they use users’ data for specific operations. So, when a user sign’s up on these platforms, he/she gives permissions to these platforms to use his/her data. Instagram also mentions that a user ‘can end this license anytime by deleting your (his) content or account. However, content will continue to appear if you (he) shared it with others and they have not deleted it’. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.
A fact-check article by Snopes, when the same post went viral in 2012, can be read here.
To sum it up, posting a note on Facebook/Instagram will not prevent Facebook/Instagram from using your data.
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