It seems as if Facebook has changed their privacy settings again without informing the users: Facebook now uses by default your pictures in their Facebook ads. I first heard about it on the Mashable Blog.
This came out recently when a man saw ads on his Facebook page for a dating website with his wife’s picture in it. The screenshot of the wife’s blog shows the ad and the whole story.
Here is how you should change your privacy settings in case you want to avoid the same disaster and actually keep your privacy:
- Go to settings
- Privacy settings
- Click on “News Feed and Wall”
- Go to tab: “Facebook Ads” and for “Appearance in Facebook Ads” select “No one“:
Update: Facebook responds on their blog saying that they are tackling the problem.
Update 2: NYT picks up the topic: “Can you protect your image while on Facebook?” (07/24/2009)