Do You Agree With the Terms?

Today’s social media was no where as popular and powerful as the way they used to be. Facebook, the most common service people around the world use to communicate with one another is racking in millions for doing nothing but providing a medium for people to communicate with one another. How do they do so you may ask? Facebook doesn’t charge its users to use their service, well not up front, so it may seem to be free. What is most commonly misperceived by the general population is that you DO pay to use services such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Even popular search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo.

How Much Does It Cost?

What you sacrifice is your privacy. These social medias include in their terms and conditions that they have the right to your content and they may do whatever they want with it. This includes the names of the websites you have open in your other tabs on your browser, your website history, or even what you have been searching for. You give valuable information about yourself to these multi billion dollar corporations in exchange for their services. One may say that what’s the big deal? It’s just some information about me, so what if they sell it to other companies? Here lies the issue; the social medias that you may be using profit far more than you can imagine with your information. Third party companies in a variety of industries such as entertainment, utilitarian, and consumable products pay large sums of cash for your data. And you get cut out from the deal.

Original Work

Not only does the everyday user get cut out from the money they could be earning for their content, the users that upload content and have that stolen miss out on revenue that was made which was rightfully there’s to make. Users that upload original photos or videos on different websites are susceptible to having their content stolen by other users and having it re-uploaded to social medias such as Facebook where not only the user that stole the content and runs his ads on the content make money, but so does the owner of the site because they have their ads running on the side too.

Example

Just one popular example of this taking place is perfectly explained by a video uploaded to YouTube by Dustin in one of my favorite channels, Smarter Every Day. Take a few minutes to watch the clip, Dustin even explains the whole process with a nice analogy you should definitely check out:

The Issue Here

Users that upload content are receiving the short end of the stick because big social medias such as Facebook play stolen content (using their own media player) to attract other users to their website and to increase profits of the ads they host on their websites that is viewed by the stolen users. We can all agree that if someone is going to make money off of taking space on our screens with ads is the people that upload the content we came here to see in the first place. If I came to see Charlie biting his brother’s finger, their father (the one who captured the beautiful moment on his camera and uploaded it on to YouTube) should gain the benefits of running the ads on his video, not some random site that ripped the video and shared it on to their Facebook page for them to make money off of their view count and shares, and then adding insult to injury having Facebook making money off of running their ads on the side lines.

Steps to Take When Encountering Stolen Content:

  1. Take a screenshot!
  2. Report it to the original owner.
  3. Report it to the third party website that is hosting the stolen content.
  4. Don’t share the copied work. That will only bring in more viewers to the stolen content and the wrong people will get paid for it.

What Can We Do?

There really isn’t much to do to prevent having your privacy compromised by the social medias listed previously. As long as you want to keep using their service, by law you are giving your rights away to privacy. There is still some hope in websites that offer the same services and choose to not disclose your information to any third parties for compensation. There are many individuals who aspire for a service that provides a means to communicate for everybody and to truly do it for free. But in the meantime many days and years will be required for developing such ideas into software that can be used in people’s browsers, or on mobile applications worldwide. Will you make that change? Contact Us for ways you can make a difference.