Social networking giant Facebook has announced a new change in its policy that will allow advertisers to use your name, original content, Personal data and your photos in their online advertisements without your permission and without compensation to you.
The announcement comes on the heels of a legal settlement earlier this week that saw Facebook pay out over $20 million to Facebook members whose names and images were used in ads without their permission. Under the terms of the settlement each user will receive $15 in compensation.
Prior to the new change, Facebook members were allowed to choose privacy settings that blocked the use of their name and images in advertising on the social network. Those privacy settings have now been removed.
Facebook has reworded the policy to inform users that your face and name CAN be used in advertisements going forward — without your permission.
Here’s another problem that addicted Facebook users have to worry about: Pranksters have discovered a relatively easy way to “bump off” their friends on Facebook by declaring them legally dead.
All a “friend” has to do to declare you dead — and lock you out of your Facebook page — is to navigate to the “Memorialization Request” page and fill out the form, including a link to an obituary.
The obituary doesn’t even have to match your name exactly — as one user found out when he returned from vacation to learn he was dead and his facebook page was locked.
First, I want to say how happy I am that I don’t have a Facebook page. I can’t be bothered with the many annoying changes that Facebook subjects their addicted users to.
Mark Zuckerberg’s sister, Randi, inadvertently exposed Facebook’s confusing privacy settings when a Twitter user, who is not on Randi’s FB friend list, re-posted a personal photo of hers on Twitter.com.
Randi was upset because she sent the photo to a small group of friends on Facebook. The photo showed her family, including her painfully private brother Mark, standing in the kitchen reacting to Facebook’s new Poke app.