Facebook Pages Stealing Private Baby Photos Rumour - Facebook Rumour
collected May 2013
Hi there is a page called babies that are "stealing" photos of anyone that has baby written on the wall/photo. Friends have noticed other friends babies on the wall. The thing is you have to "like" the page to see the info.
Rumours are circulating that assert that a page entitled "Babies" is stealing photos of babies posted onto Facebook, and that Facebook is making private photos public.
The rumours are entirely false and were either written by someone wanting to cause needless panic or someone who simply does not understand how Facebook "About" Pages work.
The Page in question, which appears to have been removed by Facebook at the time of writing (though similar Pages exist, such as "Infants" and "Newborn Babies") is an "About" Page (or "Community Page"). Such Pages are not administered by anyone, rather they are created by Facebook based on various search terms – see the disclaimer below that appears on the page –
This Page is automatically generated based on what Facebook users are interested in and not affiliated with or endorsed by anyone associated with the topic
It is important to realise that when you navigate to this Page you will see images of babies that are relevant to you, the individual. This means everyone gets a personalised experience when they visit the Page and will see images of either their own children or children of their friends.
So if you go to the Page and see your own child this does not mean that a stranger will see the same thing. A stranger will see images of children relevant to them- i.e. their children or children of their friends.
Of course many Facebook users see photos of children that they know and wrongly assume that the Page has "stolen" the photos and that they can be seen by anyone who visits the Page, which is not true at all.
Sadly this confusion has led to many administered Pages with names related to babies (such as "Newborn Babies", "Babies" (related to a feature film) and "Newborn Infants") being verbally attacked by angry but misguided Facebook users who believe that photos of their children have been posted onto these Pages.
There are thousands and thousands of About Pages that cover a range of topics and terms. A community page on Christmas trees will show photos of your friends Christmas trees. The same with dogs, cats or thousands of other terms.
Basically, each user who goes to the Page will see different images – images that are accessible to the individual. It’s perhaps easier to think of it as an alternate NewsFeed that only shows photos of children (or at least what Facebook thinks are photos of children) posted by your Facebook friends.
Worth noting is that photos that are set to public could possibly end up showing on these Pages (resulting in a user seeing babies that are not known to them) so make sure your privacy settings are correct!
So there is no need to worry. Facebook aren’t making your baby photos public and no Pages are stealing your photos (at least in this manner). Thus circulating this rumour is completely pointless.
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