This article discusses a surprising recent crackdown at Facebook where the company is removing cover photos (without notice) from personal pages. Upon removal, when you try to upload a new photo, you receive the following message:
Pick a unique photo from your life to feature at the top of your timeline. Note: This space is not meant for banner ads or other promotions. Please don’t use content that is commercial, promotional, copyright-infringing or already in use on other people’s covers.
In this class, we’ve talked quite a bit about companies laid back approach to laws about image copyrights, privacy restrictions and freedom of expression. Isn’t a cover photo just another way of expressing yourself and your interest? If the company is taking down images that they believe “promote” television shows, does that mean cover photos featuring logos of sports team are the next to go? What do you think is the reason behind the sudden crackdown and do you think this could start a trend with other social media sites (ex. Instagram)?