It was very enjoyable heading over to the TV3 Wellington studio for my spot on Sunrise last Thursday. It was the ﬁrst time I mentioned my Wellington mayoral campaign on live network television, even if the rest of the segment was about getting rid of unwanted images on Facebook.
Below are some of the script notes I had in front of me—typically I prepare these even if I never read from them. Props to Helen Baxter.
You can get your photographs off the web. A lot of servers are hosted in the US, and they are bound by what is called the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. There’s a standard form that is used for the details, and you make a declaration to say you haven’t lied about it. This covers a lot of US services such as Blogger, Wordpress and Facebook.
The catch is that you must be the copyright owner, not the subject. Most of the time, this means that the only person who can make this complaint is the person who took the photo. As long as that person’s your friend, you should be OK.
My experience is it takes between three and six days to get it sorted.
However, Facebook is sort of a law unto itself. Its feedback is atrocious. Most users have to ﬁgure things out for themselves and there is no longer even an acknowledgement from Facebook that they are looking into your issue.
If you go into the help pages, you’ll ﬁnd people having issues that date back many months.
First rule: behave yourself.
Second rule: on your Facebook, you can actually set your albums so different people can see them. You put your friends into different categories. I recommend that if you have drunken photos that you post, stick them into their own folder and make that folder accessible only to your closest friends. Even if you have thousands of friends—or thousands of Twitter followers like Ali—studies show that we still only have about six and a half “real” friends. If you don’t know who the six and a half friends are, ﬁgure it out.
Third rule: be proactive about it all. Use the Facebook privacy settings. There is even a setting in there that allows people to use your photos in ads, so you need to go in there and set that to ‘No one’. Posted by Jack Yan, 10:18
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