Hoax: Facebook: Spying even on what you DON’T share
You may have noticed several posts on Facebook that claim Facebook is spying on you even if you do not share it, along with a Watchdog.net petition. The petition claims that Facebook collects keystrokes on their website, including characters typed into the status text field.
This is not true. This is a hoax meant to disturb Facebook users. It is meant as a joke in order to cause anxiety or shock.
Apart from other Facebook scams and hoaxes, this hoax is not malicious and does not contain malicious links. If you see a post on your news feed, it is fine to click provided links to the watchdog.net petition; However, sharing this false information does no good for anyone.
You don’t have to publish — they’re tracking it anyway
Facebook is tracking what we write, even if we don’t post it.
We spend a lot of time debating what to post on Facebook. We type out a message, then we rewrite it. Sometimes we erase it all together.
But the code that powers Facebook has been recording everything we type on screen, even if we don’t hit publish — and it wants to know why we aren’t sharing.
Turns out, Facebook has been monitoring, tracking and interpreting our unposted notes, comments and statuses this entire time, using even what we don’t say as metadata to pass on to spy agencies like the NSA or advertisers from Groupon to Mastercard.
Choosing not to share is supposed to be what little still protects us from governments and corporations that can hack our emails, bug our phones and turn on our webcams without our knowledge. Please, join us in demanding Facebook stop logging and storing this data, and start protecting our right not to publish!
PETITION TO FACEBOOK: Respect our right to remain private, and stop storing information about what we type in drafts for Facebook comments, notes and statuses to share with spies and sellers.