NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Just another friendly reminder you can't believe everything you read on the interwebs.
First of all, that "Channel 13 News" is DEFINITELY not us here at WVEC 13News Now. Second of all, this post isn't even all that new, and various incarnations have popped up periodically to alarm unassuming Facebookers.
Uban legend-debunking website Snopes.com says the post simply is not true.
When the rumor first started making the rounds in late 2012, Facebook issued a statement saying:
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. They control how that content and information is shared. That is our policy, and it always has been. Click here to learn more: www.facebook.com/policies.
Snopes points out "Any copyright or privacy agreements users of Facebook have entered into with that company prior to its becoming a publicly traded company or changing its policies remain in effect: they are neither diminished nor enhanced by Facebook's public status."
So worry not! Your private posts will remain just that.