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Your Facebook Photos, Used In Ads!

By July 17, 2009

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"See, according to Facebook it's all part of the acceptable use policy you agreed to. No, I'm not kidding... Is this not the same Facebook that just went back and retooled a TOS that users found objectionable? Didn't they just finish apologizing and kissing our butts over the crapstorm that ensued?" ~Lee Mathews, Download Squad

What he's talking about is the ad he's showing on his page that's showing a photo of a woman next to an ad referring to "hot singles". The problem with the ad is that she's not single and her photo was not taken so that it could be put in a singles ad. It was her Facebook profile photos and now it's being used in a way she never expected.

Is this really happening? Facebook, I'm talking to you! Are you really going to let this happen to your readership?

Right now, all of you can prevent this from happening by going into your Facebook settings, both your profile settings and your search settings, and make some changes. Make sure that your photo settings are secure and that you've not chosen the "everyone" setting for your photos. Clarification on Facebook Ads, From Facebook

July 22, 2009 at 2:19 pm
(1) Tricia says:

I wondered about the pictures of my friends and me in the hot singles. We are all married and this makes me really angry. Is there nothing we can do about this? When I was on yearbook for a short time, I was seeing pictures of friends from facebook on there. I told my young friend about it. grrrrr this makes me very angry. I would leave facebook but I have family and friends there of long time standing.

July 27, 2009 at 4:07 pm
(2) Zshizshi says:

This is horrible! I don’t want any of my pictures on some ads without my consent. Who gave them the gall to actually do this without contacting the owner of these pictures? Someone should sue them so that they get a clue, a picture is owned and used by the owner, not some freelance website!!!

July 27, 2009 at 4:12 pm
(3) Parmeisan says:

Yeessss…. and this is one of the least bothersome uses to which they could put what should be your intellectual property. It isn’t anymore, though, so you haven’t any cause to complain. When you sign up to Facebook, you give them permission to do whatever they want to do with your photos and anything else you put on there. This? This is probably just testing the waters to see how much they can get away with and how many users (very few, I suspect) will actually quit Facebook over this. The main moral: Don’t ever upload anything you plan to sell, and if you really do care about this sort of thing, the ONLY thing you can do that they will notice is quitting.

Not that I’m saying you ought to quit Facebook over this, or anything else they do. In the end, it’s a question of whether YOU care what they’re doing.

July 27, 2009 at 7:11 pm
(4) Ray says:

Well, what do you expect when you post your private life for everyone to see? Speaking as an OLD OLD person (over 50), I predict that, just like tattoo removal is a growing business, soon we will see the “social networking generation” discover a novel new concept: privacy! First rule: you don’t want the world to see it and possibly use it against you, then don’t post it or do it in public when even dogs and cats have cell phone cameras. Yeah, I know, sometimes that IS really tough, but that’s how it is.

July 27, 2009 at 7:17 pm
(5) Chuck says:

Facebook picks the wrong photo they could be criminally liable. Hot singles with a teenager photo is still considered child porn.
TOS can only go so far, it cannot be irrevocable. You can notify them you are taking back your copyright and terminate your account. Then sue them, when they fail to remove your photos.

July 27, 2009 at 10:20 pm
(6) Dezzo Darling says:

FACEBOOK sucks big time. I have been hi-jacked and now am swamped with spam from this source. My password never lasts more than one session, and everytime I try to change it back, whoever hijacked me just changes it again and I can never get in. The virtual kiss me suck me tagme, send flowers, buy me all this shit may be ok for a 12 year with nothing to do, but I for one have never bothered to log on again six months past.

July 28, 2009 at 7:52 am
(7) Paul Garner says:

Before you download your photos to Facebook, enter a text comment on the photo It should read “Copyright (year), (legal name). You can also use the copyright symbol (the letter O with a small c inside it) for more protection.

Example: Copyright 2009 Paul Garner.

This will give you specific legal protections under US Law.

July 28, 2009 at 9:03 am
(8) Julie says:

Worried about privacy? Your photos are safe.
There have been misleading rumors recently about Facebook using your photos in ads. Don’t believe them. These rumors were related to third-party applications, and not ads shown by Facebook. Get the whole story at the Facebook Blog, or check out the Help Center.

July 28, 2009 at 7:56 pm
(9) anti-corporate-christ says:

Welcome to corporate politics. Where the profit is extreme and absolute. The rights of the little people do not matter, your purpose is to serve the corporate entity. Capitalism is not a concept of morals and the only responsibility is to success and profits! Rights are something that get in the way of profits and that makes them bad. With more and more concentrated wealth you end up with more concentrated power. All in the hands of people who are only interested in more wealth and power! The richest 100 people in the world have more combined wealth than the poorest 50% of the population. This is not based on ability, but the mere chance of birth. Think about it…

July 30, 2009 at 1:02 pm
(10) Trey says:

A lot of you guys aren’t reading.. just reacting..

Facebook isn’t publishing any ads using your photos.

Other people are taking your photo from your profile and creating an ad with it.

July 30, 2009 at 3:19 pm
(11) my mind is blown says:

anti-corporate-christ you’ve opened my eyes. I thought about it and my mind is blown.

July 30, 2009 at 7:32 pm
(12) personalweb says:

I just received this update from Facebook:

There is a new blog post on the Facebook blog for debunking rumors about this topic. You can read about it at http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=110636457130 .

Then come back here and let us know what you think about it!

July 31, 2009 at 5:00 am
(13) Pfil says:

There’s nothing creepier than seeing an ad about hot singles looking to get down and whoooo… and the picture is of your mom. No joke, I saw this and brought it up to her and we’re a little more than pissed about it. If Facebook’s not responsible, then they can at least try to make logging in/viewing pics a little more secure to keep robots at bay. Even MySpace can do this so what’s FB’s excuse?

November 23, 2009 at 9:22 am
(14) John says:

Chuck, you’re incorrect about calling a photo of a teen on a “hot singles” ad being child porn. In fact, there are hundreds of thousands, if not more, legal photos of fully nude children on the web in the form of “nudist” or “naturalist” photos.
Disgusting as this may be, it’s totally legal too display and even sell such photos. To be considered kiddie porn, they have to be explicitly sexual in nature, and nudity, on its own, is not sexual.

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