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Who Owns Your Content On Facebook?

Who Owns Your Content On Facebook?

When you go to the bank to rent out a security box from them they will inform you of their policy. They will also ensure you that if they want to terminate your contract at any point they will first inform... Read more »

Now you can b**** about your job on Facebook & get away with it!

Now you can b**** about your job on Facebook & get away with it!

As soon as Facebook use became ubiquitous we started hearing about more and more people who have lost their jobs due to the service. There are plenty of stories, from those caught skipping work to attend a... Read more »

Who Owns Your Content On Facebook?

Banned by Facebook

When you go to the bank to rent out a security, they will inform you of their policy. They will also ensure you that if they want to terminate your contract at any point, they will first inform you of the reason they are terminating your contract for, they will offer you a respite and in certain cases some options for corrective actions, and they would always allow you to retrieve all of your personal effects that you have with their business. So if, for instance, I placed a photo album in my security deposit box, I will be able to retrieve it in case of termination so why is that not the case with Facebook?

There is a lot of talk about the evolving usage of social media, and especially about how their usage policy might be incompatible, harsh and sometimes completely biased in the way that it views the users of the service devoid of their circumstances. In the case of the protests in the Middle East and North Africa, there are several people that had their accounts deleted mainly because they didn’t register with their birth name. You need to look no further than the comments on our post about activating disabled Facebook profiles to learn how draconian the Facebook termination policy is.

Now you can b**** about your job on Facebook & get away with it!

As soon as Facebook use became ubiquitous, we started hearing about more and more people who have lost their jobs due to the service. There are plenty of stories, from those caught skipping work to attend a Halloween party, to those who just unloaded on their boss after a bad day. Although people tend to be careless, they are still entitled to voice their grievances to their co-workers and other people around them. That’s exactly what a Connecticut court ruled a few days ago, and that employers should not restrict their workers from talking about their jobs on social media sites.

So What is the Story?

You Guys and Gals are Safe Now

In 2009 Souza, an American Medical Response of Connecticut worker, was fired from her job after posting an expletive-filled status message on her Facebook complaining about her supervisor and job. The National Labor Relations Board picked up her case and filed a complaint against the company and won it. The ruling was that employees have the right, and the protection of the government, to express their opinions about their jobs and working conditions on social media sites. This will surely change quite a few thing when it comes to corporate acceptable internet usage policies in the USA.

Google Jumps in to Aid the Egyptians

People in Egypt today are hoping to organize a million man March, and the government has cracked down on all communications channels. They last internet server provider, the Noor Group, has went offline and there are talks about shutting mobile networks as well.

A Voice From Egypt

In a move that truly displays that there is still a caring and beating heart inside of the company, Google has released a service especially for the Egyptians so that they will be able to communicate with each other and the world. The new service will allow people to call in on specific numbers and be able to tweet their phone calls through the speak2tweet Twitter account. Tweets will be posted under the #Egypt hashtag with links to the phone calls. People will also be able to listen to the latest Tweets, on this account, using the same service. In an environment that is starved for information this will truly contribute and help in not only aiding the spread news but also in organizing.

Should You Accept Your Parent’s Facebook Friend Request [Flowchart]

I came across this interesting flowchart on Mashable. The main idea of the flowchart is to guide Facebook users about whether or not they should accept their parents’ friend requests based on certain criteria.

Divorce: What’s Facebook Got to Do with It?

Divorce: What’s Facebook Got to Do with It?

Social media opens the door to many topics, issues and problems which many of us are unaware of. Recently, while checking out my Facebook account, something triggered my trail of thoughts and I started wondering: How does Facebook affect the decision to get a divorce? What implications does divorce have on a Facebook user thinking...

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The Blacklist: Google’s Response to Defamation Conviction

The Blacklist: Google’s Response to Defamation Conviction

Google's Blacklist

Only some days ago, a Paris court convicted US search engine giant Google and its chief executive, Eric Schmidt, of defamation over results from its "suggest" function. Google's response: The Blacklist!

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The Hidden Influence of Social Networks [TED Talk]

There seems to be word about a hidden influence of social networks which many of us are unaware of. Personally, I haven’t figured it out yet, however, Nicholas Christakis did! Christakis is an American physician and sociologist, known for his work on social networks and other factors that affect health, health care, and longevity....

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It’s None of Their Business: The Facebook Police State

It’s None of Their Business: The Facebook Police State

Beaver Conquest?

Facebook is known for how it deals with pornographic content, and their stringent policy about pictures and shared content. One of the key factors to sustain the growth of the service is to ensure that the system is free from unpopular content. To that end they have hired individuals to screen through all the flagged content and...

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Colbert Report on Social Media: Control-Self-Delete Your Future!

In one of his latest shows on Comedy Central, Stephen Colbert uses "The Word" section to express a serious yet hilarious view of today's social media environment. He cunningly points out the dangers of using social media in terms of privacy while showing how big social media giants such as Facebook are selling our information to...

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Facebook’s New “Check-In” Service: An Illusion of Utopia?

Facebook’s New “Check-In” Service: An Illusion of Utopia?

I honestly think that we need to fully understand the repercussions of such services before engaging in using them. Remember life without social media: When the mistakes you did were merely stored in pictures on your PC? With a service such as this one, we are now entering a new level of fear, haunting and paranoia!

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