Facebook is an internet monster. Not only do regular people use it to connect with lost friends and family around the world, but companies and celebrities rely on it to promote their brand. It’s like the Walmart of the internet. Most people hate it, but they don’t have enough strength to ignore it completely.
And since the site is so popular, there are several rumors floating around. You have probably seen a lot of your family members (especially your Grandmother) spreading these rumors on their own page.
Maybe you have seen these rumors so much that you’re actually starting to believe them! But please don’t take a ride on the “no research” train. We are here to tell you that your Obama-hating Grandmother doesn’t know what the f–k she is talking about.
5. Facebook Will No Longer Be Free
This rumor has been around for several years. One of the latest rumors going around claims Facebook will begin charging users $4.99 a month. But don’t you worry, there is no truth to the rumor. The site still has no plans to charge for the service; however, this doesn’t mean Facebook is free. All the information you provide them with is probably worth more than a few bucks a month.
No. 4 – Facebook Is Closing Down!
Oh, no! Facebook is shutting down? But how can I stalk my ex now? How will I be able to take silly quizzes that make me feel smarter than I actually am? AND FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, WHAT ABOUT ALL THOSE FUNNY CAT PHOTOS? WHO WILL LIKE THEM AND SHOW THEM THE SUPPORT THEY NEED?
Calm down, Aunt Sherry. Facebook is still going strong, and it will not be going away any time soon. Will it be around forever? Of course not! But even when Facebook joins Myspace in internet hell, you can rest easy knowing there will be a new site to share photos of your kid going to school for the first time.
No. 3 – Only Old People Use Facebook Now!
It’s true old people have invaded Facebook. Sharing hundreds of recipes that somehow always involve crushed Doritos. Who wants to eat chocolate pie with a Doritos crust, Granny? No one. Stop it.
But don’t let this recent invasion fool you. Young people are still using the site. Facebook still receives a lot of traffic from that coveted under-25 age group. There might be a slight decline in how much time younger users spend on the site, but that’s only because they have so many other social media sites to keep up with now.
No. 2 – Facebook Will Sell Your Photos
What? You mean the photo Uncle Gary posted last night of the pimple inside his belly button might get sold without his permission? That’s what some people think, but it’s just not true. Facebook has no plans to sell your photos. The rumors started after Facebook made some minor changes to their Terms of Service.
But Facebook’s Privacy Communications Manager, Matt Steinfeld, told TIME that nothing has changed. You own the things you share on Facebook.
“The passage in our terms of service that covers your information and your content has not changed. We can’t sell property that we don’t have. You own the things you share on Facebook.”
No. 1 – Download This And You’ll Be Able To See Who Viewed Your Profile!
No, no, no! Listen to John Cena. You can’t see me. I can’t see you. No one can see anybody! As of right now, there is no accurate way to see who has been creeping on your Facebook page. Every app or Facebook page promising to show you who visits your profile is probably filled with nasty viruses. Don’t download anything or like some silly page, because you’ll most likely be spammed with useless content, although, I suppose that is what 95% of Facebook is.
Stop worrying if your ex-boyfriend/girlfriend can see how many times you viewed their profile. They can’t. Just make sure you don’t accidentally like one of their old photos. Things might get a little awkward then.