You better protect all your photos that you post on Facebook with a large watermark because the new version of “citizen “-Journalism has begun the next step of self-destruction. How stupid does someone have to be to post on a closed network like Facebook? Or are clicks the new currency?
Photo theft is now becoming a real joy for image suckers among the photo editors. For me is anyone who gives their photos away for free to Facebook & Co is either masochistic, naive or just plain stupid. Now, in a situation where it seems that for many wage-dependent journalists the world view has become important than objective reporting. You can witness this in their fear of being fired when they're reporting in a "vox populi" style. And all this because Facebook enables the publishers to tear down the last barriers to throw "free" (independent) journalists into a dumping price spiral so that in the future even reports and photos for a House & Home Postille is no longer worthwhile he effort. Plebs has opted for cheap and stinginess is cool.
”Facebook News" has been lunched in Germany in May 2021. This service, already available in the United Kingdom and the United States, distributes media articles for a fee. Yes, for a fee. And if you are lucky your photo is being used. For free. Any publisher will be able to use your photo you uploaded to Facebook because you agreed to it.
While this fits in with the change in journalism where opinion counts more than facts, it doesn't change the fact that users of social networks like Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter or Instagram must have a healthy quantum of generosity for poor “social Networks” like Facebook & Co.
The user's masochism culminates in the fact that he simultaneously grants the platforms almost unlimited rights of use - most idiotically that for the commercial exploitation of images. The publishers and publications listed below will rub their hands.
I can only mention Facebook's publishing partners in Germany here in alphabetical order. You will have to look in your own country to find out who are the publishing partners. These are all big publishing houses. Of course, they will all claim that they don't do crooked business. But who believes it will be blessed. I have already experienced that a photo editor had spent hours removing my watermark from the photo. Only, if the photo has a marker it will be found by image search software like Tineeye (https://tineye.com) even after such a processing.
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