It’s no secret that fake news spreads across the internet like a fire. People are ready to viral anything on the social media without thinking is something is fake. Everyone were so quick to blindly believe and repost this fake news or hoax means that we’re aware haha!, at least abstractly, that our information is out there and vulnerable — and that we’ll copy and paste anything to protect it.
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Celebrities including the likes of Usher, Julianne Moore, Julia Roberts, Debra Messing and Taraji P Henson shared the post on their personal Instagram pages many of them encouraging their followers to “be safe”. P!nk shared the image with the caption: “Better safe than sorry, even if it is a hoax. Sorry for whatever reason anyone would be offended by this. Have a nice day.” Niall Horan shared it too writing: “Protection.”
Stars, they’re just like your poor clueless grandmother on Facebook https://t.co/UTfmKa1S1Q
— Taylor Lorenz on VACATION (@TaylorLorenz) August 21, 2019
When this fake news first time seen on Facebook in 2012, Facebook also had to pass a statement clarifying that the warning was a fake statement. They said at the time, “There is a rumour circulating that Facebook is making a change related to ownership of Facebook 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,” it continued.