Why I’m removing my personal images from Facebook (and other Social Media Platforms).
Changes coming to my personal Facebook Page.
Like many other people I’ve embraced Facebook and Social Media. I know that certain information will be used by them in order to send me ads etc etc. But I’ve always held on to the idea that I could ultimately control my privacy and also the privacy of my children.
Sadly market forces have turned Facebook (and other platforms) into a ‘grab all’ for marketing purposes. They are continually pushing to gain access/rights to their users data. All in exchange for this ‘free’ service. It would seem that if you’re willing to use Facebook etc. then you are also willing to give away ALL your rights. They distract and placate you by saying that you control your privacy while at the same time putting in T&C’s that give them the right to do what they like with your data.
There is a constant fight between what they want and what the people are happy to give. They are throwing in all the tricks in the book (and a few more not invented yet) to keep you on their service while making sure you give them all the data.
For a while now it’s become clear that there is no real respect for a persons data. It’s all fair game. I was sort of ok with this because I could control my privacy settings. But in the last round of T&C’s, Facebook have made it clear what they really want. You can Google the discussions, I won’t go in to them here. The biggest issues for me are:
A) Any picture I upload has rights signed away (they say I own the copyright but it means nothing because they explicitly have license to do what they want with the image – including editing out any watermarks!. It means they could sell any picture of mine to anyone they like without permission and without paying for it.
B) They want to track my location – EVEN WHEN NOT USING THE FACEBOOK APP!!!!
C) But the biggest issue is my children. They want to have access to pictures of my children. My children don’t have a say in what pictures I share of them. They are trusting me to do what’s right. When they are 18 they can decide what to share with the world but right now I have to think carefully about what pictures I share of my kids. I didn’t have a problem sharing my pictures with my friends and family as they are my friends and family and I trust them. But I don’t trust anyone else and seeing as Facebook DO NOT RESPECT my right to privacy then I have to be careful.
So I’m doing the following:
A) I still want to use facebook to keep in touch with friends and family. I also need to manage my business page. But no more personal pictures (certainly not with the kids in).
B) No more professional images will be uploaded. If I do need to share then I will put the images on my own website (where I DO own the rights) and just share the link. Facebook can’t ‘own’ that.
C) I’m going to remove old images. I’ve already downloaded all my content and backed it up. I’ll be deleting images.
D) I will be limiting my use of the Facebook app.
I believe Facebook have lost the run of themselves. I believe that everyone should be able to control their privacy on any on-line service. Even if it’s a free one. It just comes down to the fact that I really don’t trust them anymore, there is a distinct lack of respect, which is a shame.
This is just my humble opinion and you can all make up your own minds. I won’t ever judge anyone else for their use of Facebook.