Have you seen a strange Facebook privacy notice popping up in your news feed? If not, you are most likely to come across it at some point in the next few weeks. The statement looks like this:
“As of Jan. 5, 2015 at 10:50 a.m. Eastern standard time, I do not give Facebook or any entities associated with Facebook permission to use my pictures, information, or posts, both past and future. By this statement I give notice to Facebook it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute or take any other action against me based on this profile is private and confidential information. The violation of privacy can be punished by law (UCC 1-308-11 308-103 and Rome statute). NOTE: Facebook is now a public entity. All members must post a note like this. If you prefer, you can copy and paste this version. If you do not publish this statement at least once it will be tactically allowing the use of your photos, as well as information contained in the profile status updates. DO NOT SHARE you MUST copy and paste to make this I will leave a comment so it will be easier to copy and paste!!!”
The great news about Facebook is that they do not want to “own” your content. Whatever you upload to your profile or timeline is yours. This includes status updates, pictures and videos.
“Anyone who uses Facebook owns and controls the content and information they post, as stated in our terms. They control how that content and information is shared. That is our policy, and it always has been,” Facebook said in a 2012 post, addressing what it called a “Copyright Meme Spreading On Facebook.”
- Don’t sign up to Facebook.
- Ask Facebook to amend its policies (a shot in the dark but give it a go).
- Delete your Facebook account.
Facebook is a great way to stay connected and share your life story. Use it wisely and stay informed to stay in charge. Happy posting.