29-Dec-2011, 10:20 PM
I think we need a policy with regards to how we post content from facebook. I suggest the following:
- Ask the permission of all people who are involved in the content being posted.
There are cases where we don't need to ask - if the people are already on the forums, and are known to be okay with the content being copied, and if the copying comes under fair use. The case where we do need to ask is - if someone posted a lengthy comment which is not covered by fair use.
- If no permission has been (or cannot be) obtained from participants, blank out their names or anonymize them.
People who participate in facebook may do so believing that only people who they have allowed in their facebook settings can see what they post. Copying content with their names on a publicly visible forum which is indexed by search engines will be a violation of their privacy.