Facebook Hoaxes: Protecting Your Social Media Content Rights

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Facebook hoaxes have existed almost as long as the service itself. With just about anything on the Internet, if there’s a way to exploit people, someone will figure it out. Social media hoaxes may be much more focused on users’ vulnerability rather than technical exploitations.

The latest Facebook hoaxes to hit the social media circuit are ones concerning the privacy of your profile and the use of your content, which can include anything posted through social networking channels from a status update to a photo.

Facebook’s History of Privacy Issues

The current Facebook hoaxes promise that by copying and pasting a simple paragraph of legal jargon on your news feed you can protect your social media content from commercial use. This comes after Facebook recently updated its terms and use policy – something they do on a fairly regular basis.

It seems that every time Facebook makes an update to policies for privacy and terms of use, new Facebook hoaxes pop up. Users have been wary of how Facebook uses their private data for quite some time. Back in 2009 there was a big issue over Facebook taking users’ pictures for use in third-party ads. This may be where the trend of posting supposedly legal disclaimers to protect your content came into practice.

As many of our attorney clients know, the law just doesn’t work this way. Users can’t decide to opt-out of a terms of use agreement because they don’t like it. And this most certainly can’t be done just by copying and pasting a chunk of “legal” text:

“In response to the new Facebook guidelines I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details, illustrations, graphics, comics, paintings, photos and videos, etc. (as a result of the Berner Convention). For commercial use of the above my written consent is needed at all times!

The post, which has been circulating far and wide, goes on:

Facebook is now an open capital entity. All members are recommended to publish a notice like this, or if you prefer, you may copy and paste this version. If you do not publish a statement at least once, you will be tacitly allowing the use of elements such as your photos as well as the information contained in your profile status updates…”

Plenty of experts have already weighed in on latest Facebook hoax. Even Facebook itself released a statement informing users that users own and control the content and information they post.

The Bottom Line on Content Protection

The content you post to the Internet is never guaranteed to be protected from misuse by others. Once something is posted on any online media there’s a chance someone else can take it. This doesn’t mean you don’t have ANY legal protection of your content, it just means legally or illegally, there’s always a chance someone can see and use what you post on the Internet.

When it comes to your website content, make sure that everything on your pages is original and unique. This shows the search engines that your site is full of informative media and not just content copy and pasted from other sites. At We Do Web Content we help make sure our clients’ sites host only original content unique to their site and needs.

Facebook hoaxes only serve to further confuse people about Internet content and social media use. Call us or contact us via our website to discuss our services like Internet and SEO marketing and let us handle your web content and SEO needs. 1-888-594-5442.