Noticed people are putting up dead official-looking messages on their Facebook profiles, that look a bit like this?

“In response to the new Facebook guidelines I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details, illustrations, comics, paintings, professional photos and videos, etc. (as a result of the Berner Convention).
 
For commercial use of the above my written consent is needed at all times!
 
(Anyone reading this can copy this text and paste it on their Facebook Wall. This will place them under protection of copyright laws. 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).
 
Facebook is now an open capital entity. All members are recommended to publish a notice like this, or if you prefer, you may copy and paste this version. If you do not publish a statement at least once, you will be tacitly allowing the use of elements such as your photos as well as the information contained in your profile status updates...”
 
There it is.
 
If anything, the belief that posting something on your Facebook profile achieves something of significance – like protecting your privacy, civil rights or copyright – is a bit of a Facebook thing to do. Remember Kony 2012?
 
In this week’s New Statesman there’s an article by Laurie Penny that’s a bit more worthwhile reading than any conspiracy about the Rome Statute or by denying the blatant rights abuses that your membership of Facebook makes possible.
 
The best thing you can do is either not set up an account with Facebook or delete your account for good – unless you want to come to a private agreement with Facebook. Even once you’ve deleted your account, personal information, pictures and other material will be stored and if a third party wants to see that material, it’s quite easy for them to get hold of it.
 
Anyway, happy surfing!
 

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