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Are you guilty of this? I know I am. I see a meme like this one, and because it resonates with my political views, next thing I know I’m liking, commenting and sharing it on my own Facebook wall—without verifying that in fact President Barack Obama said it or not. Although I know Snopes is my friend, I sometimes get so excited, I forget to use it.

It’s not as though I don’t know any better. Fewer things irk me more than reading an article in which the author has reported a “truth” without verifying its validity. To ensure Coquí Content Marketing is able to live up to its reputation of providing quality and reliability, it’s simply not acceptable for my writers and me to pull these shenanigans when we produce articles.

Guilty as I am of sharing memes without fact checking, where I draw the line is in these status updates that direct us to copy and paste rather than share and that are all very alarmist. Case in point, the two I am referring to are:

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Although normally very vocal, I said nothing and ignored the elevendy million status updates of either or both of these showing up in my newsfeed. I figured I’d continue to assume it’s one of those hoaxes started by someone who has nothing better to do than see how many people can play into his or her game.

And then I saw this article, which I have to say made me smile repeatedly as I read it. It said everything I would have said if I’d expressed my thoughts as I repeatedly saw these two so-called directives from Facebook. For one thing, if they were real, I would like to believe that I would have gotten a message from Facebook after logging in, stating either or both of these were coming to fruition.

I decided to post this on my own Facebook wall.

Not only is Facebook not charging to keep your stuff private, Facebook has always maintained that you own the copyright to anything you post.

Don’t believe me? Try removing a photo or a status update. Did you receive a message from Facebook telling you that you don’t have the right to do that? No, I never have either, so by default Facebook doesn’t own the copyright. You do.

A question: why would Facebook even want to own the copyright to the photo of your baby sticking his toes in his mouth, my goats contorting their heads to greet me or the elevendy millionth photo of the lunar eclipse? Why would they want to claim ownership of my status update calling Chump, Walker, Jindal, Hillary and Clown Bush’s slightly more intelligent brother ‪#‎Whackerjacks? They want you to use Facebook. They don’t want to place barriers between their platform and your use of it.

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You can count on me to believe a meme that reminds me that Sarah Palin and her daughter are hypocrites and bat sh!t crazy—even if the quote or meme isn’t true. But believing that Facebook, which has made Mark Zuckerberg untold millions of dollars, now wants to own the copyright to your photos and status updates? That’s a huge stretch.

But if you still need convincing, by all means read Facebook’s terms of service, which you probably should have read before you signed up. And if all else fails, you can always check out Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook page. He makes no mention of either of these.

In Light of This, It Might Be Time To…

Instead of sharing yet another photo of your baby gnawing on his toes, someone else’s picture of the lunar eclipse or even of my goats, why don’t you bring your baby to my farm and watch how quickly your baby can spit out those toes and go play with my goats.

Believe me when I say I too can use the break.

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