The truth is out there

by Rick Johansen

We begin today with a public service announcement:

I’m Opting Out too!
So now they are doing it, just announced on Channel 4 News. Facebook is charging all users starting Monday. You can do an opt-out by doing this. Hold your finger over this message and copy it. It can’t be shared. I do not give permission for Facebook to charge $4.99 a month to my account, also; all my pictures are my property of mine and NOT Facebook’s!!! Opt-out Special thanks to Larry for this legal advice… and to Tim Barker for posting this information:
Due to the fact everyone is slowly getting hi-jacked, yeah hi-jacked not hacked, they’re flat out hi-jacking our accounts, even more now.
Just in case Notice: An attorney advised us to post this. The violation of privacy can be punished by law. NOTE: Facebook Meta is now a public entity. All members must post a note like this. If you do not publish a statement at least once, it will be technically understood that you are allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in your profile status updates.
Copy and paste, do not share. I am getting more sales ad posts than friends’ posts. Hold your finger anywhere in this post and click ′′ copy “. Go to your page where it says “What’s on your mind.” Tap your finger anywhere in the blank field. Click paste. This upgrades the system.
I am very grateful to everyone who has shared this meme on Facebook because it illustrates just how we’re all being “hi-jacked (sic) yeah hi-jacked not hacked, they’re flat out hi-jacking our accounts, even more now”. Worse still, Facebook is charging all users from Monday, which presumably means from today, $4.99 a month to all our accounts. In 2018, Facebook supremo Mark Zuckerberg confidently declared that “There will always be a version of Facebook that is free” but now we learn that his pants are on fire. You just can’t trust anyone these days, can you?
The only problem is that none of this is true. Not only is it a hoax, it’s very obviously a hoax, too. And what is very concerning to me is that if people fall for it, what else will they fall for?
Facebook’s demographic is increasingly elderly and it is often elderly people who find themselves being scammed by unscrupulous criminals. How often have we heard about people being conned out of their savings and being shafted by bogus tradespeople? It is a fair comparison because if someone can be scammed by a simple Facebook hoax, who knows what else they might fall for? I speak as an expert having fallen for a simple hacking scam on Facebook just a few weeks ago. I should have known better, but I didn’t and I hope I’ve learned a valuable lesson.
The alarm bells on this scam/hoax couldn’t have been any louder. I have a facebook account but so far as I am aware they do not have my banking details, so how on Earth they could start billing me in dollars (why not pounds? We haven’t adopted the US dollar while I was sleeping, have we?) and who the hell are Larry, the apparent legal eagle, and Tim Barker, anyway? Call me a cynic, but I put it to you, m’lud, that they don’t exist. In technical terms, this meme is bollocks.
The truth is out there and it’s easy to find. Before automatically sharing hoaxes and scams, why not check Snopes or Full Fact, first? It takes a matter of seconds  and can save you the embarrassment of looking like a complete twat and involving your Facebook friends in a hoax or even a scam.

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