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Facebook Copyright “Hoax”

OK gang, hoax or misconstrued hopes, I am chiming in on the copyright/infringement issues where Facebook users are posting comments to their own feeds about the website’s limitations on “your own content.”  I chimed in on this a few days just before this entire thing went hoax/viral.

First off, I completely understand how you feel and why you might want to take a stab at trying to control the information in your posts… your words, your pictures and other aspects of your online social interactions.

I get it.

But…

The website (Facebook or any other social site) you use puts down some roots and restrictions or agreed upon understandings on the use of their website.  (Yes, you did. You probably glazed over or skipped the lengthy, detailed rules of usage.) It’s their website that you are using for free.  That “free” involves access to whatever information you give them.  And you’d be surprised how much that content is worth to the site.

For example, when you play games, you give them certain permissions to access some information in your profile.  And profiles of your friends. They then take that info and parlay it via focused content marketing into sales.  That’s how one of the game makers on FB has made its billions.

But then there’s this thing on the website governance and usage policies, where they’ve updated the policies for users.

But…

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Facebook Logo from SimplyZestyWhen I first heard about how the Hollywood Reporter was integrating their site with Facebook and how it will all be very cool, it seemed interesting.  But these days, if you have any concerns about your Facebook privacy, it’s rather disconcerting to click on anything from the site.  (Remember, this is about the app, I’m using THR as an example)

When I click on a link for any article, I get a number of requests that read as follows:

{
Hollywood Reporter Social Reader would also like permission to:

Post on your behalf
This app may post on your behalf, including articles you read and more.

Why is Hollywood Reporter Social Reader asking for these permissions?
From Hollywood Reporter Social Reader: We will use these permissions to provide you a personalized news experience.
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