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Facebook Post Implying User Privacy a Hoax


There's a post popping up on Facebook that implies users can block company efforts to capitalize on personal data. 
The post reads, "I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details, writing...personal/professional photos and videos."
Ryan Calo, a privacy law expert at Stanford University's Center for Internet and Society,  says the post is essentially legal jibberish. 
"If you could just post something and change a relationship, you could just go to Banana Republic and say 'Oh, is your return policy 30 days? Well my return policy is 60 days, so I'll see you then,'" says Calo.
Calo says the international law cited in the post governs the relationship between nations, not between the company and users.
"That is governed by domestic copyright law and also by the agreement between Facebook and its users, which is present in its terms of use," he says.
This spurt of protest comes days after Facebook announced it will start marketing information from Instagram and other products, and also end the custom of having users vote on new terms of service.
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