Once you upload content to Facebook, the platform legally has access to it and are entitled to use this content for their own purposes. This means that your content can be stored, replicated, modified, and shared. Facebook can share your information and content to businesses. This has obvious implications of breaching an individual’s privacy and raises conflict regarding the ownership of intellectual property.
I see the dynamics of this file sharing similar to that of pirating a movie and sharing copies of it – an infringement practice which copyright laws forbid. However, the interesting thing is that this relationship with Facebook and user content exists on terms of legality. When you create an account on the platform, you are required to agree to terms and conditions. It is the policies within this agreement that legally entitle Facebook to source our content and use it for their own purposes.
At the end of the day, Facebook has various utilities, but it is up to you to weigh up the costs and benefits of using this platform.
Will you sacrifice your intellectual property?
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