My Big Mouth: Don’t moan about privacy when you’re posting your secrets on Facebook

Comment by Paddy von Behr

Facebook is the worst kind of modern day corporate monster – they’re after your information, your photos and, quite possibly your soul.

Although that statement couldn’t be a lot further from the truth, it is the view of the website’s critics, many of whom continue to use its services.

The key message for these people is this: your life and the elements of it which exist on Facebook are not that important.

If you find yourself worrying that people other than your ‘friends’ can access your information, think again before uploading it in the first place.

Facebook, and other social media, is no longer an entirely private sphere – people can access your stuff and you are naive to think otherwise.

But whether or not what you do put online is worth protecting, one thing you ought not to do is panic.

Or, more specifically, read about another host of changes to Facebook’s privacy policy, see someone posting a status filled with legal nonsense and follow suit.

There’s a high chance that, if you’re a Facebook user, you have seen a longer version of this appear on your timeline recently:

“By the present communiqué, I notify Facebook that it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, disseminate, or take any other action against me on the basis of this profile and/or its contents. The aforementioned prohibited actions also apply to employees, students, agents and/or any staff under Facebook’s direction or control. The content of this profile is private and confidential information. The violation of my privacy is punished by law (UCC 1 1-308-308 1-103 and the Rome Statute).”

But rather than preventing Facebook from stealing their personalities – everyone knows that’s what Mark Zuckerberg does in his free time – your friends were in fact posting a useless and largely embarrassing segment of text for everyone to see.

The foremost legal relationship between you and Facebook is the user agreement – a wall post will not take precedence over this contract.

Even if it did, posting such a status would still confirm your position as drowning in a sea of self-importance because, as we know, Facebook doesn’t actually want to steal your identity.

If you still genuinely believe it has helped you, have a quick watch of this.

The general level of trust in Facebook is falling, but its membership numbers don’t seem to be taking the hit.

In October the website announced its most significant milestone yet – one billion users.

People keep logging on to Facebook, using its services, panicking about its apparent lack of morals and then repeating the cycle all over again.

Feel free to tell the world about the time you scraped the paintwork off your boss’ Ford Focus and denied all knowledge, post a photo of it and then act outraged when they find out.

Just don’t be all that surprised when your ‘friends’ fail to offer too much sympathy.

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