Friends don’t let friends believe Facebook hoaxes.
Over the past few days you may have seen your friends on Facebook sharing a status that states something similar to this:
Apparently, this hoax made its rounds years before, albeit worded differently, but has recently shown its ugly face in the new year and has made more than a few people look gullible.
According to Facebook spokesperson, Andrew Noyes :
Under our terms you grant Facebook permission to use, distribute, and share the things you post, subject to the terms and applicable privacy settings.
Key phrase being terms and privacy settings. When photos, videos, statuses or any other information are set to the ‘public’ setting ANYONE, including Facebook, can use your Intellectual Property (IP).
Simply posting a copy/pasted “legal” notice does not override the fact that a person posted this AFTER they already agreed to Facebook TOS.
Snopes further writes:
In any case, Facebook users cannot retroactively negate any of the privacy or copyright terms they agreed to when they signed up for their accounts, nor can they unilaterally alter or contradict any new privacy or copyright terms instituted by Facebook, simply by posting a contrary legal notice on their Facebook walls.
Still don’t believe me? Just Google UCC 1-308-11 308-103; what did you find?
Now, look up the Rome Statute, what did you find? An international treaty that says other nations can intervene when another nation commits genocide, crimes against humanity, acts of aggression and war crimes, but this has what to do with your selfie? It sounds fancy and intimidating, but it’s completely inapplicable to a copyright issue.
Nothing can save you now.
If South Park taught us anything, it’s always read the TOS!
There are other bits of info that everyone agreed to give to Facebook upon signing up, such as personal information (age, gender, sexual preference, etc.), interests, websites frequented by a user, or any information that can be gathered from comments or statuses the user makes.
Users can circumvent this by not posting anything, ever, but then again, they should stop clicking altogether, because Facebook is collecting click information, too. Facebook knows a user’s IP address, ergo exact location. Oh, and don’t post a picture of yourself or anyone you know, because they’ve collected your facial features in facial recognition software too, but it’s too late, because you’ve already posted 1,000 selfies this year. That’s why uploaded photos auto-tag you and your friends. Basically, Facebook is one big, fun data collection service and just by posting the hoax status the user has given the service more info. This particular status also angers the Facebook Gods and they will send the user ex-lax ads only for the next week.
The data collected from your mobile device or computer is used mainly to advertise correctly to your demographic based on your interests. This information is sent to outside agencies and used within Facebook to create a personalized experience.
A user agrees to all of this when an account is created; they either agree, or they don’t have an account. That’s how it works.
If any user is unhappy with the current TOS there are a few options:
- Delete your Facebook account
- Build a time machine and stop yourself from ever creating a Facebook account
- Lobby the Facebook Site Governance for a change in policy (the above option is probably easier)
- Start working for Facebook and work your way up to the upper echelons so you can create change from the inside
That’s about it.
For more information, click here to read Facebook’s Privacy TOS.