Facebook Hoax: No, The Social Media Site Is Not Going to Charge Users a Privacy Fee

Facebook issues statement about hoax
Facebook is not going to charge users a fee to keep their information private Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Chances are you've seen this all over your Facebook feed, and maybe even shared it.

A scary message has been circulating on the social media site claiming that Facebook is going to charge users $5.99 to keep their posts private, and if people don't pay it, or share the post warning about it, all of their posts and photos will become public.

The good news is that it's not true.

Facebook addressed the viral post in a message of its own on Monday, Sept. 28.

"While there may be water on Mars, don't believe everything you read on the internet today. Facebook is free and it always will be," the company said. "And the thing about copying and pasting a legal notice is just a hoax. Stay safe out there Earthlings!"

It's not the first time this rumor (and accompanying post) has circulated on Facebook. The same thing happened earlier this year and back in 2012.

Facebook also addressed the hoax back then, writing, "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."

Still not convinced? You can always revisit Facebook's actual terms of service, which you agreed to but probably didn't read when you signed up to join.

Oh, and don't fall for the scammers trying to get you to click to get the "newly introduced Facebook dislike button on your profile." Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said earlier this month that they are working on a "dislike" button, but we're pretty sure that unlike the scammers' post, Facebook won't ask you to share personal information on another site to get it.

Okay, now that that's settled, let's get back to posting selfies and cute kitten videos.

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