Most Facebook users might be familiar with a certain status update that is being circulated around saying that Facebook is going to use photos of you, your family and friends in advertisements. The reason for using the photos is to fool people into believing their friends endorsed a product or service.
Here is a typical warning that you might have seen:
“Facebook will start putting your photos in ads on the profile page of your contacts. It’s legal and is mentioned in the fine print when you create your account. If you don’t want your photos to be used falsely go to: Account; Account Settings, then click on Facebook Ads tab at top of the screen, choose “No one” on the drop-down menu and save changes. Copy this and use in a status update to alert your friends.”
When I saw the warning posted on Facebook by a friend, I believed it and performed the first part of the instructions. Though, I did not copy the warning and forward it to other friends.
Today, I found out that the warning is not true, it’s just a rumor, so don’t believe it. If you read the fine print on lines 7B and 7C of Facebook’s advertising guidelines, you will read that advertisers cannot use user data (including photos) in their ads without prior consent either from Facebook or the user.
Facebook should have a rumor monger page like Snopes. So, we can double check any claims made by others about Facebook.