Everyone’s fallen for some social media hoax at some point, and politicians are no different. This time the victim was ex-Rep. James L. Oberstar, D-Minn.
On Sunday at about 11 p.m. EST, Oberstar, former chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, posted on his Facebook page: “In response to the new Facebook guidelines I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details, illustrations, paintings, writing, publications, photos and videos, etc. (as a result of the Berne Convention).”
“For commercial use of the above,” he continued. “My written consent is needed at all times.”
Beginning in May 2012 this hoax went viral — and it was proved false and was discredited as a play on the public’s fear over online privacy. Now it’s back. Oberstar shouldn’t feel too badly, however, as lots and lots of people fell for it this time around. Enough that ABC News, PC World and Snopes had to assuage the public’s Facebook fears. Full story