Facebook: No, That Copyright Thing On Your Wall Won’t Help You …
By N Mark Castro
So you may have all seen the writing on the (Facebook) wall by now: from well-meaning friends to annoying relatives. But, listen up: The notice supposedly from Facebook about privacy and its IPO is not from the social network, and it’s a hoax. Do your yourself — and your friends — a favor and don’t pass it on.
Snopes, a hoax-busting site, said that just because Facebook is a publicly traded company “has nothing to do with privacy rights. Whatever the legality of the U.S. federal government (or other persons, agencies or institutions) monitoring your account or using your profile information, it is not altered just because Facebook is now a publicly traded company.”
As if just by posting it on your wall everyone would now cringe in fear because you, well, you posted it. Taking control of your online identity is not as simple as making a declaration on your Facebook wall. Using any website to store content or personal details requires compliance with the site’s Terms of Service.
You do know how many ridiculous posts are out there on Facebook, right?
You can start with mine.
Facebook, indeed, has had its own ups and downs but it still remains to be the most favorite social media site where people can share updates and information that cross barriers and distance. It has been used for spreading brand equity and even advocacy issues. Some have been misled by disinformation, some have been enlightened. Some relationships have been broken up, some relationships have been formed and mended.
In all … just like any information out there, it’s best we temper it with wisdom but embrace its arrival.
And in the interest of protection that I can provide, I strongly recommend you send your bank account number to me, any and all related passwords, so that I may laugh all the way to your bank.
End of story.
N. Mark Castro is 28 year old ski expert on Friendster, a rock star on Myspace, and a literary fool on Goodreads. In truth, well, there’s always a Wikipedia and Google he’s been trying to rewrite. If you don’t think you can change your past, why, just read any Hollywood biography.