Facebookism

No, Facebook Still Owns Your Posts, You Dummies [UPDATED]

Zuck still owns you (Photo: Tech Globex)

Any Internet user knows that his or her personal information always belongs to someone else, so when an opportunity to claim back your identity comes about, you have to grab it. A Facebook status promising copyright privileges to users who reposted that status went viral this weekend. But if you think Zuck would let you own the rights to that album of Mr. Fluffles, then we have some shares in Zynga we’d like to sell you.

The obvious hoax has been around at least once before, but Snopes updated its debunking in honor of the newest strain. “Facebook users cannot retroactively negate any of the privacy or copyright terms they agreed to when they signed up for their Facebook accounts nor can they unilaterally alter or contradict any new privacy or copyright terms instituted by Facebook simply by posting a contrary legal notice on their Facebook walls,” Snopes explains. Read More

Mythbusters

Distrust of Facebook Now Demands a Help Page Dispelling ‘Common Myths’

I don't even know. (Photo: Macleans.ca)

Reuters social media editor Anthony De Rosa pointed us to what appears to be a new section in Facebook’s help center which addresses the many commonly held myths about the platform. You know your brand is seriously distrusted when you have to devise an entire help section dedicated to dispelling the half-truths told about it.

The vast majority of the questions relate to privacy issues–the eternal thorn in the company’s side–and how Facebook uses the troves of personal data mined from its users. Some examples: Read More