It happens every few years. A Facebook status goes around saying the following:
This time, it's been paired with the following status:
"Now it's official! It has been published in the media. Facebook has just released the entry price: £5.99 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)."
Some versions of the above statuses are, "Channel 13 News was just talking about this change," and "Facebook has just released the entry price: $5.99 to keep your status 'private'."
It sounds so official. There's just one problem: It's not true.
The hoax-busting site Snopes.com has debunked this rumor many, many times. If, for whatever reason, you don't trust Snopes, check here, and here, and here. Or, Google "Facebook privacy hoax" and see the number of links that come up. At last search, there were nearly 140 news articles covering this story, and I'm sure the number will be climbing.
Yesterday, I was amazed at the number of times I saw people copy and paste the above statuses. Some of them were people that are normally pretty intelligent.
What is it about social media that makes people check their brains at the door?
Indeed, the stupid is strong on Facebook.
Just my .04, adjusted for inflation.