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A lesson in ‘Facebook law for idiots’

By David Ferguson
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 16:02 EDT
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This video from CollegeHumor.com is a quick public service message about the legal efficaciousness of those Facebook “Privacy Notices” that people have been cutting and pasting to their walls. To wit: There is none. Nothing. Zilch. In no way does copying and pasting a couple of paragraphs of text to your Facebook wall exempt you from Facebook’s Terms of Service agreement, or, as the character Owen called it in the video, “The agreement I clicked ‘Yes’ to without reading in 2004.”

What you are doing, said the video, is sending a message to the world that says, “I don’t know how laws work.”

And, “I make kneejerk decisions based on fear. Like an animal.”

The actors explain that the “high-powered law talk” you’ve unthinkingly parroted is really about as effective as taking to your Facebook wall and declaring, “I am Koltrimac! King of Pennsylvania!” or “If you’re seeing this, I now own your car.”

“The Berne Convention” they say, is a 126-year-old Swiss treaty, and the “Rome Statute” governs the prosecution of international war criminals for genocide.

“Unless you’re posting ‘ROFL just gassed 20,000 Canadians,’” said Adam, “this one does not apply.”

The words “aforementioned” and “communique” are no more powerful or legally binding than any others, even if they do sound sort of fancy and French.

“Here’s something that’s never happened!” they said, then one of the actors appeared dressed as a judge and said, “Oh, it’s a communiqué? Case closed!” before banging his gavel. “It’s a communiqué everyone!”

Finally, they urge viewers not to be “Dumb Darrell,” “a Gullible Gus” or an “Uninformed Umberto” before concluding, “Thanks for watching and remember, if you enjoyed this video, send it to ten friends in the next ten minutes or you’ll have bad sex for the rest of your life.”

Watch the video, embedded via CollegeHumor.com, below:

David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
 
 
 
 
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