In response to the new Facebook privacy chain letter, I hereby proclaim my fabricated copyright on all of the selfies, ranting statuses, and already illegally shared YouTube videos on my timeline, officially ensuring the rights to me and only me, despite the initial privacy agreement I already adhere to as a member of Facebook, and the rights I agreed to as soon as I sold my soul to social media by uploading my first cyber footprint.
Status update: a single post proclaiming your rights doesn’t guarantee anything in the cyber world. The power of a few paragraphs momentarily floating by on a news feed are nothing compared to the countless pixles of data tracked by your timeline, accumulating over the years to form a sort of “cyber reputation.” The reason this has come about recently is because of a series of events concerning Facebook privacy.
Soon after, copyright chain posts began surfacing proclaiming these “in a perfect digital world” rights users wish that they had, and some believed they actually did.
Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on personal posting-discretion, this new cyber world lays our lives all “on the table” for anyone to see, and we agree to these rights when we sign up for Facebook.
So, sorry impulse-posters, copyright online is a sticky situation these days and when it comes to Facebook, your best form of defense is mindful sharing, but be careful about chain-letter posting.
Last time I checked if I posted about how I did not want my information read by any unwanted parties and it flew ticking through a newsfeed unwatched, it probably wouldn’t make a sound.
Mary Marshall is a freshman journalism major from Darien, Il. She can be reached at email@example.com.