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Frenzy set off by false Facebook copyright rumors

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If you logged onto Facebook on Monday, you probably saw posts from people up in arms over their privacy rights on the social media giant. But before you post that next picture, YNN's Natalia Martinez tells us if the Facebook frenzy had any truth at all.

CLARENCE, N.Y. — There are one billion Facebook users.

"I use Facebook everyday, I usually always have it in the background," said Steven Gangloff.

Monday, many of them saw the posts warning about copyright changes that allow the social site to use your posts how they'd like.

"This message that is going that people are posting saying that, "hey, if you don't post this on your wall then Facebook can take your photos, your name, ad they can do whatever they want. It's all false," said Jason Mollica, social media expert.

Mollica says Facebook hasn't made any major changes to its privacy policy.

"I don't post that many pictures because I know that you can get anything on Google," said Angelo Lucciano.

And he may be right. Just because Facebook may not have ownership of your info, doesn't mean that your pictures and comments aren't available for public use.

"If I put pictures of my kids on Facebook, someone sees that, they decide they want to grab it and use it for a blog post, they may."

Mollica says it's important to make sure to double check your privacy settings, so only people you allow have access to those pics.

"I think it's concerning any time you use the internet, people can always access it."

Media experts told us to be mindful of what it is you post, such as pictures of yourself.

Facebook issued a statement Monday calling the post a false rumor and urged people not to take all posts at face value. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP