There is a hoax circulating on Facebook that starts with the words ‘better safe than sorry’. It goes on to provide a lengthy disclaimer that we are told to copy and paste because apparently just sharing it won’t work. I’ve posted the full text below in case you have been lucky enough to miss it.
I have to be honest, it amazes me what people will post on the internet without checking if it is true. It is relatively easy to type something into a search engine and to find out more about it. If you are not into that much research then you can also watch this funny video which explains how irrelevant many of the terms in the disclaimer are.
It also surprises me that people really believe that what we post on facebook can be private. Even with privacy settings set to maximum, there are circumstances by which that information can become public. People have lost their jobs and relationships have been damaged and destroyed through what has been posted on Facebook so lets be more careful about what we post.
The hoax is fairly harmless as far as I can see but what does make it sad about it is that it uses fear to drive us to do something that we otherwise wouldn’t do. Fear will damage and destroy life and this is why ‘do not be afraid’ is one of the most repeated phrases in the Bible. God doesn’t want us to live in fear and to make bad choices as a result, he wants us to live a fulfilled life
What is driving us? What are we depending on for truth and guidance through life?
I thank God that he is with us always and that he has given us the Bible to show us what is true.
The text of the hoax:
Better safe than sorry. As of January 5th, 2015 at 11.38 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 If you do not publish a statement at least once it will be tactically allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in the profile status updates.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.