A 'privacy notice' spreading on Facebook claiming to protect a user's photos and posts from being copied has been outed as a hoax.
Thousands of Facebook users around the world have posted the fake disclaimer text to their profile pages in a bid to protect their data against pilfering.
The text begins: "In response to the new Facebook guidelines I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details, illustrations, graphics, comics, paintings, photos and videos, etc. (as a result of the Berner Convention). For commercial use of the above my written consent is needed at all times!"
It then goes on to claim that anyone who copies and pastes the disclaimer to their Facebook wall will be protected against copying and dissemination of their data.
The viral message started spreading earlier this week shortly after Facebook posted its new privacy guidelines, Mashable reports.
In signing up to Facebook, users agree to privacy terms allowing the social media giant permission to use, distribute and share the things you post.
According to PC World blogger Tony Bradley, users who post a disclaimer to their wall cannot retroactively negate the conditions of their Facebook account.
"If you’re using Facebook then you’ve already agreed to abide by the legal terms laid out by Facebook," wrote PC World blogger Tony Bradley.
The notice closely resembles text from a similar hoax which spread in July this year after Facebook publicly listed.