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Do you think Facebook (etc.) should have some sort of privacy rule that gives others some control over content in other user's accounts?

Asked by Dutchess_III (25566 points ) October 9th, 2011

For example, if someone has your picture on their account and you have reason to not want your picture on that person’s account, you should be able to contact the admins and request that it be removed. I mean, it’s YOUR picture. You should have some say over how it’s used.

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Neizvestnaya's avatar

You do have a little control, say if they want to tag you in a picture then you can choose to have fb send you a notice to approve it first. That won’t keep them from putting up pics of you without tags though.

Dutchess_III's avatar

That’s what I’m saying @Neizvestnaya. A person should have complete control over anything that involves them in another person’s public account.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

@Dutchess_III: That part is impossible. If I’ve got a family reunion pic with 30 peops standing in it and a few don’t like their smiles or whatever, c’mon.

GabrielsLamb's avatar

I think there is something that you can get that protects what people see on the net concerning your image or anything typed concerning you, but that’s tricky because things have to be directly connected to your name for them to be useful. Most people use avatars and fake names so that doesn’t help.

Not to mention, not everyone has a facebook page… I don’t haven’t had one for over two years.

Earthgirl's avatar

I think it should but I think it would be hard to enforce wouldn“t it? I mean, you would have to prove that it was you somehow wouldn’t you? I would be totally in favor of it though because it’s one thing if you just don’t like your smile as Niezvestnaya says, but what if it is posted with a malicious intent?

I was about to ask this question myself because my company has a facebook page and sometimes at parties and at work people take pictures for it. They may take a picture without someones being aware they are being being photographed. The other day one girl was falling asleep at her desk. She probably had a late night out. Someone who doesn’t like her took her picture and posted it on facebook. I am not sure whose page she posted on. It could have been her own or the company’s. Either way, I think it was a low thing to do. This went beyond embarrassing to actually being potentially damaging to her work reputation.

SavoirFaire's avatar

I agree with @Neizvestnaya. I appeared in the background of a newscast once when a story concerning my university made it to local television. Should I be able to sue the station for broadcasting my image without permission? Seems a bit much. If someone takes a picture of you, it might be shared. Be aware of that, and only be friends with people who will honor all reasonable requests to take down (or limit who can see) certain photographs of you.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Guys..I’m not referring to piddly things. I’m referring to the types of pictures that could be damaging to one’s reputation.

@SavoirFaire To that point, actually, yes. You could sue if you were a real asshole. Publisher’s have to get written permission from you to use your picture. Why shouldn’t FB be held to the same accountability?

@GabrielsLamb You said “Not to mention, not everyone has a facebook page… I don’t haven’t had one for over two years.” You kind of lost me on that one. I don’t see the relevance.

SavoirFaire's avatar

@Dutchess_III I am in the background, walking past a building. If I am that worried about my image, I should have been looking out for the camera. I could sue, but I don’t think I should be allowed to sue. That sort of litigation is ridiculous, which is my point. Once you do things, they are out there. It’s nice to have friends who will protect images of you that could be harmful, but there is always a risk that one assumes when posing for a picture. Facebook shouldn’t be responsible for what you did on camera, and they would be putting themselves at risk by adding a feature so open to abuse.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I agree completely @SavoirFaire. I agree, there is a point where it would be absurd to take any kind of action. However, when one particular person is targeted, there should be something in place to protect them. Again, why do publishers have to get legal permission to show an individual in a photograph, but no one else does?

I also agree it could cause a mess. But if there was a law in place, and everyone KNEW about it you could at least take legal recourse against the individual to stop it. Then Facebook could at least have a disclaimer that says “By law you are not allowed to show pictures of people other than yourself without their express consent and approval of each picture displayed.” It a major invasion of privacy, and that is protected by the Constitution.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

@Dutchess_III: I can imagine if people who’ve had past privy to erotic celly text images of me went and put them on their fb photo albums, I’d be disappointed in them. Thing is though, I took that risk when I posed/allowed the original images- I gambled the people who had them wouldn’t use them maliciously but in the end, it was my call.

Dutchess_III's avatar

But harmless pictures can also be photoshopped into something obscene.

dreamwolf's avatar

There is an option for that. Click the photo + Report this photo.

SavoirFaire's avatar

@Dutchess_III It seems like what you are really worried about is abuse or misrepresentation. That, I think, is a legitimate concern. At that point, I think what @dreamwolf mentioned is an appropriate response. If a Facebook photo truly compromises your rights, defames you, or violates the law in some way, reporting it and explaining the problem should get it taken down.

GabrielsLamb's avatar

@Dutchess_III If someone is posting malicious intent using your image, and you do not have a facebook page, you can’t see what they are doing, or if they are being responsible or not.

If you have an image of yourself anywhere on the net, all you have to do is google yourself and it will show, and then anyone who finds it can then take it and do whatever they like with it.

Including open accounts in your name with a fake email address, then adding text or whatever else they want because people tend to believe in 2-D and not opt to see the entire picture where that account or that picture may have been obtained by dubious means.

Just because things appear to be the actions of a person just because their image is attached to it doesn’t mean that is the case. See what I’m saying? If you can’t get in unless you’re a member, you can’t even look around to check.

Or whatever, and you really have no way of knowing especially if having access to facebook requires an account to navigate within it at all.

Dutchess_III's avatar

@GabrielsLamb Weren’t you the one having problems with your ex posting your pictures? That’s why I posted this question, actually.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

Yeh, I agree to an extent. But, if you chose to be in a pic that was taken by another person, there is something to the idea that it’s their pic to do with willingly.

Dutchess_III's avatar

But today pics can be gotten so easily without consent, too.

GabrielsLamb's avatar

@GabrielsLamb Yes but my picture is on his youtube page I don’t know what is on his facebook God only knows.

I don’t want to know

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