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Your Facebook Status Doesn’t Protect You From Anything – “Privacy Status” A Complete Hoax

Charley Barnes, TSM

Seems like every year the same message gets thrown through the rumor mill and the biggest is the big ‘privacy’ issue that many seem to think is real and true. Rest assured it’s not. The moment you signed up to Facebook and activated your account you instantly gave everyone permission to redistribute your stuff.

You do not need to make any declarations about copyright issues since the law already protects you. Posting a ‘status’ on your Facebook doesn’t protect you from anything.  Facebook is not out to get you and hundreds of companies have the same policies; it’s in the fine print.  (Legal terms listed below)

We have noticed some statements that suggest otherwise and we wanted to take a moment to remind you of the facts — when you post things like photos to Facebook, we do not own them. Under our terms you grant Facebook permission to use, distribute, and share the things you post, subject to the terms and applicable privacy settings. -  Facebook spokesman Andrew Noye

 

Basically, If you don’t want someone to see or use something of your’s from Facebook then don’t post it.  If you are ultimately concerned that someone may be profiting from you and/or your business then it would be best to just delete your account. If someone is slandering or profiting from you then it all falls under the privacy laws that already protect you.

Friends, don’t panic when you read something on the internet because it’s not always true and that is especially true with Facebook. A quick search and 30 seconds of your time could eliminate lots of anxiety and/or rage.

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