Chris McKitterick (mckitterick) wrote,
Chris McKitterick

Facebook and images

I just discovered a sort of uncomfortable issue about images from Facebook. A student came to my office today, unable to get an image to display on her Web page. Also distrubing is that - for no reason I could identify in the HTML or CSS code - my browswer told me it was blocking an ActiveX control. We tried everything, and it should have worked. Then I got suspicious and made a screenshot of the image. That one showed up just fine.

Turns out that if you save an image from Facebook, you might end up also saving ActiveX controls which prevent that image from appearing anywhere but on Facebook. I find that more than a little irritating. I mean, who owns that image: you or Facebook?


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