is facebook about to own your sh*t AGAIN?…actually it’s nothing new

So, as you know, I do not stan for FB and find most of their policies to be garbage

but as i succumbed to peer pressure and a desire to e-stalk people I am still there and subject to their ever changing offerings especially as it concerns security and their right to use my sh*t

recently several alerts have gone up concerning facebook’s impending security change that will allow them to publish your photographs in third party avertisements.

It sounded familiar to me so i did a little research.

This is not a new thing, this same thing happened about a year or two ago and i believe most people made the necessary changes to prevent their likeness being used to boost cheetos. but since then the system has changed 11 times and the security settings always default to ‘dash out me business fi di whole world fi see’ so it can’t help to double check

here’s the message that’s going around:

LERT! ALERT! ALERT! ATTENTION: Friday, Facebook will become owner of the publishing rights of ALL your private photos. You need to make a simple change: go to ‘account’, ‘account settings’, ‘facebook adverts’ (along the top), ‘ads shown by third parties’, choose ‘NO ONE’ then SAVE

Here is what snopes aka interweb scam  tracker extraordinaire has to say about it
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Claim:  A new Facebook policy allows advertisers to use members’ pictures without permission.



*** IMPORTANT FACEBOOK INFO ***Facebook has just agreed to let a third party advertisers use all your posted pictures without your permission.Click on SETTINGS up at the top where you see the log out link. Select PRIVACY. Then select NEWS FEEDS AND WALL. Next select the tab that reads FACE BOOK ADS. There is a drop down box, select NO ONE. Then SAVE your changes.

Origins:   This item appears to be based on a bit of confusion over Facebook’s “social ads,” a system that was launched nearly two years ago and which may displaymembers’ profile pictures to their friends in conjunction with ads when those members have taken some action that associates them with the advertised product or service:

We’ve run advertisements from our own advertising system for more than a year that let your friends know if you have a direct connection with a product or service, in the same way that your friends learn through your News Feed if you’re connected with another friend or an organization’s Facebook Page. For example, if one of your friends becomes a fan of a Page, you may see an ad with your friend’s profile photo that indicates the action that friend has taken.

Facebook has not recently agreed to any change in policy allowing third-party advertisers to make unrestricted use of all photographs posted by members, as suggested by the example quoted above. As Facebook statedin its corporate blog:

The advertisements that started these rumors were not from Facebook but [were] placed within applications by third parties. Those ads violated our policies by misusing profile photos, and we already required the removal of those deceptive ads from third-party applications before this rumor began spreading.

Facebook users can prevent their profile photos from appearing in association with social ads by selecting the following options:

Settings –> Privacy –> Facebook Ads (tab) –> Appearance in Facebook ads (pull-down menu) –> Set to “No one”

Last updated:   25 July 2009

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 yes, i had to copy and paste the whole thing, it wouldn’t work otherwise and me nein a go retype all a that
In a nut shell
So, essentially fb has been doing it for quite some time and what it really comes down to is them suggesting island grill to you and telling you that i like it as well. The whole external site thing was someobody pirating dem ting and them dun tek dem down already.
Things to note: this article was published in 2009 so this may be outdated
Also: the first alert was about facebook giving publishing rights over the third party advertisers, the second alert is about facebook taking publihing rights for themselves
I think it’s the same thing, but i can’t be absolutely sure. Either way it takes just a couple of minutes to change the settings just in case.
One last thing before I go:
it is important to remember that facebook does maintain the right to use your stuff once it’s published on their site
Please see below from their statement of rights:

This agreement was written in English (US). To the extent any translated version of this agreement conflicts with the English version, the English version controls.  Please note that Section 16 contains certain changes to the general terms for users outside the United States.

Date of Last Revision: October 4, 2010.

Statement of Rights and Responsibilities

This Statement of Rights and Responsibilities (“Statement”) derives from the Facebook Principles, and governs our relationship with users and others who interact with Facebook. By using or accessing Facebook, you agree to this Statement.

  1. Privacy
    Your privacy is very important to us. We designed our Privacy Policy to make important disclosures about how you can use Facebook to share with others and how we collect and can use your content and information.  We encourage you to read the Privacy Policy, and to use it to help make informed decisions.
  2. Sharing Your Content and InformationYou own all of the content and information you post on Facebook, and you can control how it is shared through your privacy and application settings. In addition:
    1. For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos (“IP content”), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy and application settings: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (“IP License”). This IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it. <IF YU SHARE WID PEOPLE, EVEN WHEN YU DELETE IT, FACEBOOK STILL CAN USE IT
    2. When you delete IP content, it is deleted in a manner similar to emptying the recycle bin on a computer. However, you understand that removed content may persist in backup copies for a reasonable period of time (but will not be available to others).

see the rest here

sooooo, good news- nothing’s really changed

bad news- facebook took our rights ages ago so there’s nothing left to take.

Happy Thursday


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