Wow, it’s like that Facebook? One bad quarter and you’re selling users out for a dollar? Facebook is officially vying for the McDonald’s of Facebook title. Maybe sometime soon Facebook will start selling access to strangers’ photo albums. Of course, they would be “view only” in alignment with Facebook and user privacy policies. We didn’t see this type of user betrayal coming. However, given the historically scandalous founders and policies of Facebook, we should have seen it coming. Facebook has long been approaching but has now crossed the threshold of a very dangerous slippery slope. Now that they can prostitute you and your information, the sky’s the limit. And as they say, pimpin’ ain’t easy.
“To help us deliver interesting paid or sponsored content or promotions, you agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you.”
Because laws concerning user privacy on social media are pretty much non-existent, it seems like both of these social media monsters are trying to see how far they can push the envelope. And why not? They are pioneering the social media world, forcing lawmakers to play catch up. Although it is alarming that both companies are assuming such an aggressive posture toward the ownership of users’ information, it should not come as a surprise. They are both in business to make money at the end of the day. When you signed up for your free account, didn’t the old adage “nothing is free” cross your mind? Well, it should have. You gave them your personal information willingly. Cyber, privacy, and copyright law makers are scrambling to keep abreast of the ongoing developments in the social media world. For now Facebook and Instagram are writing their own rules with a pencil, just in case the government wants them to make any changes.