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09/29/2015 10:35 am ET Updated Sep 30, 2015

No, Facebook Doesn't Own What You Post (And Other Myths Busted)

Here are a few myths you've probably heard over the years, plus the (gasp!) truth.

There are always rumors spreading on Facebook about the social network changing its rules. But don't believe everything your friends post. Here are a few myths you've probably heard over the years, plus the (gasp!) truth. 

Myth: Facebook owns whatever you post.

The following status and variations have been popping up on Facebook for years, but lately the status is regaining popularity among those who don't understand Facebook's Terms of Service:

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Truth: Facebook doesn't own anything that you post.

Posting the above status doesn't change Facebook's Terms of Service, which you agreed to when you signed up for the site. Facebook's Terms do not say that the company owns what you post, and even if it did, posting that status wouldn't change that.

What the Terms actually say is that by posting something to Facebook (depending on your privacy settings), you agree to let the site use your content. You still own the content, though. 

Myth: People can tell when you've looked at their profile.

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Truth: Nobody can see when you view their page.

End of story. "Facebook doesn't let people track who views their profile," the site says in its help section. "Third-party apps also can't provide this functionality."

Myth: Facebook is going to start charging users. 

Every so often, people express concern about Facebook asking for money. While there are a few features you can pay for -- like sending a private message to someone you're not friends with -- people worry that the site will start charging for a regular profile or for more privacy.

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Truth: Facebook has pledged never to charge.

"We will always keep Facebook a free service for everyone," is Facebook's official statement.

When in doubt, check Facebook's Terms of Service.

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