16 February

Perez Hilton Asks for Facebook “Boycott” Amidst Content Ownership Controversy

The buzz on a slow Monday of tech news is around Facebook and who owns the content uploaded / created by their users.

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But lost in this is that Perez Hilton covered it early this afternoon… before TechCrunch and linking to Mashable.

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Three things strike me about this:

1. Techmeme isn’t picking up on Perez Hilton… who may not be a technology blogger – but is more influential than any of the blogs listed in this Techmeme ‘discussion’. And perhaps more influential / powerful than all of them combined.

2. Perez’s influence – whether it is well informed or not – may well be the kind of pop-coverage that has driven a flurry of bad user feedback. When Perez tells users to “Boycott Facebook” – that is scary and certainly worthy of a well constructed response. Now whether Mark Zuckerberg’s letter was a response directly to this (of course not), it is clearly noticed.

3. This really isn’t shocking or news… the “complication” of who owns the data is complicated for all major sites and platforms. This was bound to become an issue as Facebook grew in popularity and functionality… and it will pass as well. Users may be upset on the surface – but it will not change their reliance on Facebook or their social network (unless something egregious happens).

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