May 8, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Facebook Hoax spreads amongst Whanau

4 min read

Tena koutou katoa.

So today, Facebook was filled with whanau from all over the motu posting this message:


Better safe than sorry is right. Channel 13 News was just talking about this change in Facebook’s privacy policy. Better safe than sorry. As of January 3rd, 2015 at 11:43 a.m. Eastern standard time, I do not give Facebook or any entities associated with Facebook permission to use my pictures, information, or posts, both past and future. By this statement, I give notice to Facebook it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, or take any other action against me based on this profile and/or its contents. The content of this profile is private and confidential information. The violation of privacy can be punished by law (UCC 1-308- 1 1 308-103 and the Rome Statute). NOTE: Facebook is now a public entity. All members must post a note like this. If you prefer, you can copy and paste this version. If you do not publish a statement at least once it will be tactically allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in the profile status updates. DO NOT SHARE. You MUST copy and paste. Copy it off the comment.

[/quote_box_center]I know, I know. As we tend to believe posts that are put up by our friends, this message took a life of its own and started to spread faster than kutus at school.

Yes, it is a hoax, and there are all kinds of ways to determine that.

First – there is no such protection from Facebook. Once you post, it belongs to FB as much as itbelongs to you. Full stop. (If you have time, check out FBs Terms & Conditions).

If you want to keep your korero, images or pics private, the easiest thing to do is not upload, or one step further, dont open a Facebook account. Easy.

Then theres the reference to Channel 13. Huh? In Aotearoa, channel 13 belongs to Jones on SKY TV, so thats a no. In the States, well, I think its safe to say that Channel 13 said no such thing.

And then theres those laws: UCC 1-308- 1 1 308-103 and the Rome Statute. We checked those and they arent even relevant to such public statements or to online privacy protection

hoax 1-103. Construction of [Uniform Commercial Code] to Promote its Purposes and Policies: Applicability of Supplemental Principles of Law.

(a) [The Uniform Commercial Code] must be liberally construed and applied to promote its underlying purposes and policies, which are: (1) to simplify, clarify, and modernize the law governing commercial transactions; (2) to permit the continued expansion of commercial practices through custom, usage, and agreement of the parties; and (3) to make uniform the law among the various jurisdictions.

(b) Unless displaced by the particular provisions of [the Uniform Commercial Code], the principles of law and equity, including the law merchant and the law relative to capacity to contract, principal and agent, estoppel, fraud, misrepresentation, duress, coercion, mistake, bankruptcy, and other validating or invalidating cause supplement its provisions.

The commercial codes further state:

1-108. Relation to Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act.

This article modifies, limits, and supersedes the federal Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act, 15 U.S.C. Section 7001 et seq., except that nothing in this article modifies, limits, or supersedes Section 7001(c) of that Act or authorizes electronic delivery of any of the notices described in Section 7003(b) of that Act.

So, if you were one of those who posted the public statement in the hope that Facebook wouldnt use, sell or distribute your images, aroha mai, it is a hoax.

And again if you truly want to protect your privacy, dont upload to Facebook.

For more information, check this site out:

And if you still dont believe me, suss this page out:

Hoaxes are harmless to a large degree, but they do shed some light on how quickly a viral message might spread and worse, how gullible some of our whanau might be, which in turn opens the possibility of online scams, which we have seen empty bank accounts and even cost reputations.

Heoi -kia tu pato, e te whanau. If you see something like this again, ask one of your whanau geeks or check Google. It might save you a little bit of embarrasment in the long run. Mauri tu. Mauri ora.


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