Help me get my back back.
September 18, 2010 9:40 AM Subscribe
Facebook is showing a naked picture of my back (with a distinctive tattoo) on one of their banner ads. I did not authorize and do not like this. What can I do about it?
posted by anonymous to computers & internet (10 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Back story: Several years ago I got a full back tattoo. At the time I had a very public online presence. I hosted some pictures (I took them myself) publicly on Flickr and I linked the pictures (and wrote my story about them) on my not-entirely-unknown blog. One of the pictures in particular went semi-viral and got linked and hotlinked all sorts of places.
Over the years my attitude about privacy has changed somewhat, and I have preferred to make the Flickr photos private (they're watermarked now too) and have taken down the blog (it's been almost 2 years since the photos have been publicly unavailable from sources I can control). I understand that once something is out there on the internet, it's there forever. I will constantly be seeing this photo show up in strange places that I have no control over, as well as dealing with people using the photo and pretending to be me (it has happened a few times now, but I've successfully gotten those persons banned from the sites they've used to host their impersonations).
I'm not cool with Facebook hosting an ad using a personal and identifiable photo of me that the advertiser has no right to use. I don't know who the advertiser is, but they must have stolen the picture and used it without my (or my tattoo artist's) permission. I only have a screenshot of the ad - a friend saw the banner and sent it to me (I am not even on Facebook anymore - a "deactivated" account). I am 100% positive that this spammy ad is NOT my tattoo artist or anybody affiliated with him or his business.
Is there anything I can do to get this picture removed from the banner ad? Who do I contact and what do I say? Also, how do I get over this? I blame myself every time I see that photo somewhere and I get embarrassed and irritated all over again. Also, I am an academic and a work professional now, and wish to keep this part of my life only available/visible to those I choose to let in...but I fear it may just be too late for that. So at least as much as I can keep private will do - and as much effort is as worthwhile doing...I've got other things to do and don't want to take up new causes. But if there's battles I can win, I'd like to win them and lessen the propagation and public presence of this photo.
I also realize that the answer to this might be some version of "Flag It And Move On", which I am prepared to accept if so. I don't know what my best course of action is here (both out in the world and in my annoyed head), which is why I am asking. Thanks for your help!