With the quality of images that I see on people's facebook pages (when I look over the shoulder of people who do have a facebook account) I really wonder what commercial interests facebook could possibly have with such a pile of garbage ...
one of the reasons i left facebook 3 +/- years ago
was that the site would auto-reset my privacy settings
to index everything i say and do to google, and let everyone see everything
( so i had no privacy whatsoever ) ...
... exactly ...
i went back because a gallery i had my work at suggested i have a "fan page"
or whatever it is called, so i did that ( didn't work ) and had to get a personal page
in order to do that, so i did that too ... but 3 personalpages, and 3 fan pages appeared ... all woven together ...
and my 3year old list of "friends" or whatever they were called appeared too ..
it took me about 30seconds, but i did the "hard delete" ( not really) of 1 page, and all 6 vanished ...
it is funny though ( in a pathetic kind of way ) when you delete / remove your account they send you
emails saying " your friend so and so really misses you, don't you miss him/her" about 4 times a day for a few weeks.
Whoever is surprised by Facebook's privacy policies needs to do a reality check. Facebook does not exist to make you happy or to allow you to reach out to potential customers. It is a business, and you are nothing more than a pawn for them to accomplish their goals. They're a publicly traded company for crying out loud. Their commitments rank like this: 1. Stockholder. 2. Themselves. 3. Employees. 4. Sponsors and creditors. 5. The environment they exist in.... etc etc ad nauseum. Last on the list: you.
Make no mistake about it, they are there to make money off of your membership.
Sure there are some benefits. For me it's about keeping in touch with friends that are so far away I cannot visit them in person, or reaching many people with a similar interest. That is a benefit to me.
It's up to each and every one of us to figure out whether it's worth it or not.
In my opinion, anybody who is still on facebook, especially in light of recent events not withstanding the OP, is simply an idiot. The nuances beyond that hold little interest for me.
Recently retired after the last 20 yrs as computer programmer, mostly on internet-related products. I was initially excited about the internet, but its another "free service" in which others (gov't & business) are "collecting" on that service.
Requested deletion of my Facebook account, and hope to spend more time away from the computer.
Anyone else recall the book. I am sure it was written by a U.S. author. Worth seeking out if you have the chance
It's self explanatory that Facebook doesn't "own" media which is uploaded to that service and they certainly cannot sell it.
Because ANYONE can upload ANYTHING to facebook (and they do!).
If I copy all the photos from APUG and upload them to my Facebook-account, then, according to you guys and that link, Facebook can make money of YOUR work even though you are in no way affiliated with the site or have given your premission for it?
Give me a break....
But hey, let them do it, if that (not likely) is the case, after a while, we can all form a mass-sue action against them and earn trillions because of copyright infringements.
Then we can form another court case, where all the other nations around the world ALSO start suing Facebook for breaking copyright laws in an international scale.
Facebook, at least at the last cross-road, wanted to have their backs free, so behind that change, lay a need to specify that they can copy material, for the purpose of backups and clustering.
They DO sell the information ABOUT the users, indeed, Facebook-users are all a part of "The product", but media, video, sound, photos, are just about always copied from other sources. Besides, they are protected by intellectual property laws in just about any civilized country.
And what is the legal status of changing the terms of usage as they feel like anyway? The usage terms you agree to when you sign up, is suddenly replaced by "we were only kidding, these are the new rules"
Imagine what would happen if youtube suddenly said that all the material on there was their property and that they could sell it as they saw fit...not very likely.