Facebook Hoax?

Dear Computer Lady,

Lately, all my friends on FaceBook have been posting the following:

‎*Please do me a favor… please hover over my name here, wait for the box to load and then hover over the “Subscribe” link. Then uncheck the “Comments and likes” choice. I would rather my comments on friend’s posts not be made public. Thanks**
Then repost if you don’t want your EVERY MOVE posted on the right for everyone to see! I’ll do the same for you if you want, just click “like”. Thanks

Should I be following these directions? If so, do I have to do it for each one of my friends, or do I need to do it only once?

Thanks, Mary

Dear Mary,

This Facebook Status is just a hoax. In fact, if you read it carefully, you should begin to see that it just doesn’t make sense.

Here is how to make your Facebook experience as private as possible:

1. Click on your name at the top of the left column, then click on “Friends”. Scroll through the list and remove anyone who you don’t want reading your posts and comments.

2. Then, click on the arrow next to “Home” in the upper-right part of the window, and click “Privacy Settings” in the drop down list. In the section for controlling privacy, click “Friends”. Now only your friends can see your posts.

3. When you comment on someone elses post, always remember that anyone who can see that post, can also see your comments. Before you comment, look for the privacy symbol. A small globe means the post can be seen by anyone, two people means only friends of the person who posted can see it, and a gear means that the settings have been customized.

No matter how private the settings are, I believe that a good rule to follow is to never post anything on FaceBook or any other website that you wouldn’t want the whole world to read.

If you followed the directions in the hoax above, all you would be doing is blocking comments and post that your friend makes. You will not be blocking anyone else (unless you repeat the procedure for each of your friends) and you will not be blocking your comments from being seen by anyone who can see the original post you are commenting on.


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    • lorenzcat
    • September 25, 2011

    I don’t understand how this can harm you. It is not asking you to click on external link or anything. Just change your settings. Is it a hoax because it will mess with you seeing your friends posts? Thank you.

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