Another hoax makes it's way through facebook and causes an uproar in how your data is used by Facebook.
Uh oh, here we go again. Facebook updates once again and newsfeeds are full of advice (some misguided) and protests. On November 21st facebook announced ‘updates to Data Use Policy and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities”. An e-mail was distributed, from facebook, recommending you to review the policy as well as asking for comments to proposed changes.
Many are now seeing posts to copy and paste a copyright notice on their wall. This hoax makes you think that facebook does not have permission to use anything from your profile without your permission. This is useless and not necessary. When you initially sign up for facebook you agree to their terms. Facebook does not own your photos or content, you do however grant facebook permission to use, distribute and share things you post. Read the terms here for full disclosure. https://www.facebook.com/legal/terms. This latest notice (from facebook) has many talking about an invasion of privacy to share information with advertisers, game/app developers and facebook developers. Again, this is nothing new. Anyone with a facebook account agreed to this when they signed up. The notice simply lists updates and tools to make it easier to understand what is being shared and any feedback before the revisions go into effect.
While personally I’m not thrilled with the idea of outsiders accessing my data I understand why, and agreed to it when I opened an account. While many may not like this you must remember:
1.) facebook is a business (businesses typically have a goal in making a profit)
2.) It’s ‘free’ to use (though it does have a catch and this is part of it)
While agreeably advertisements and game requests are sometimes annoying, especially when we are not used to seeing them (or so many), but on the positive side..the advertisements you see are targeted to you and your interests. If only television, newspaper, local billboards could target ad’s that only relate to me and my interests...now that would be something. You might actually find a few advertisements interesting.
1.) Review and customize your privacy settings. Don’t let the default setting make these choices for you. (I will blog my recommendations next, subscribe/or check back).
2.) Think before your post. Everything you say and do can come back to haunt you.
3.) Accept that facebook is a business, free to use, mainly in part because of the advertisers and developers.
4.) Remind yourself of all of the positive things you enjoy about facebook. Decide if it outweighs the recent change you don’t like.
5.) Be careful what app’s you sign up for as you are further extending your content and data to be shared with them. (update your app’s in settings from time to time and get rid of the ones you no longer use.)
6.) Select ‘ignore’ for requests to join specific games or app’s that your friends are using
I’m not saying you have to ‘like’ it. You could take an extreme approach and deactivate or delete your account. (Though you are never fully gone from facebook, remember you posted and shared many things with others and are on their pages.) Be sure and click on ‘help’ from your facebook account if you choose to delete or deactivate.
Links you might find interesting or useful.