Thursday, February 19, 2009

FYI—Be careful what you are posting…

As I woke up this morning I was checking my daily web sites and reading up on what’s going on in the news. I was immediately drawn to an article on called, “Facebook backs down, reverses on user information policy.”  As a student at DePaul University I use Facebook almost everyday to communicate with friends, co-workers, classmates, family, etc. Since my freshman year in college Facebook has changed a lot, there have been so many new applications added to the site that I can’t even keep up with them. Facebook used to be very simple and easy to use. The only things that they offered were wall posts, friend requests, and messages. Over the year’s photos were added, along with “tags”, notes, bumper stickers, groups, events, and even videos! It’s hard to keep up with all the latest applications.

This article was warning Facebook users that, Facebook had changed one of their privacy settings. They made the policy that what ever you post on Facebook is considered theirs, and they can use it however they want. For example, you post a video on your friend’s wall, Facebook would have the right to use it and say that it was theirs. Of course once users became aware of this new policy many started to deactivate or start petitions complaining how unfair the new policy was. The worst part about the whole policy was even if you deleted your account Facebook still had access to everything on your page. As a user of Facebook I was not happy with this policy either, lucky they have decided to go back to their original policy, and work on coming up with something users would agree with. Check out the article for further information:,  your privacy could be in danger. 

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