With a viral message circulating on Facebook alleging that new rules permit the social network to use user photos, the platform is buzzing with activity. The message encourages users to publicly request Meta, the parent company, not to use their personal data.
The Viral Message
The message has been shared widely, especially since Meta's announcement of a paid subscription service that removes ads. Interestingly, the viral message comes complete with instructions on how to copy and paste the message onto one's own profile.
A Throwback to the Past?
This isn't the first time such a message has made the rounds on social media. A few years back, a similar message was distributed, asserting that users needed to post to maintain free use of Facebook.
Despite the wide dissemination, there is neither legal nor practical value in sharing the message. The rules of data collection on the platform are defined by the Terms and Conditions agreed to at sign-up, not by user posts. This message does little more than cause a flurry of activity, but without any real impact on data use.
Managing Data Use
- The most effective way to manage data use is through Facebook's privacy settings.
Funny Takes on the Viral Message
Of course, there's always room for humor in these instances. Quite a few users have taken to sharing parodies mocking the viral message's lack of usefulness.
Facebook for Android
For those who often use the social network on-the-go, the Facebook for Android app can serve as a handy alternative to the web version. Users can access their accounts, post updates, share photos and videos, join groups, and message friends and family all within this mobile application.