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Some worry Facebook policy change means pictures allowed in ads

FAIRWAY, KS (KCTV) -

Even if you have your Facebook set to the tightest security settings, advertisers could use your photos in their ads after Facebook changed the language of their privacy policy.

The change is stirring up some controversy and confusion and some are worried that their personal photos could suddenly be used in advertisements. An expert explains what the changes really mean.

Capturing sweet moments and then sharing the photos with family and friends on Facebook has become a normal part of life for so many. But now Facebook is changing its policy regarding how images on their site can be used. Their new policy says consumers automatically give them the right to use their photo or content for advertising.

The changes are not sitting well with Facebook users like Leighann O' Sullivan.

"I think it's horrible. First off, I think it should up be up to the users to decide if that's something they would want," she said.

But Facebook's new policy states "you are granting Facebook permission for this use when you use our services."

Other users said they don't have an issue with the change.

"I'm not surprised. It makes sense. I think if you are going to use a free service they will want to use it for research and other stuff. I guess we knew it was coming," said April Tebbe.

However, six major consumer privacy groups have asked the Federal Trade Commission to step in and block the changes. They are especially concerned about protecting the images of minors.

Social media expert Ramsey Mohsen said he believes Facebook has created some confusion.

"The problem is that Facebook, in the way they updated the language, they haven't done it in a very friendly way," he said.

Mohsen said users should not worry about Facebook using any of their photos in their albums. Instead he believes the site will continue to use profile pictures like they have done in the past. He said their new language just doesn't make that clear.

"When we say illustrations of photos for ads - if they showed an example such as Ramsey likes Redbull and a sponsored Redbull ad shows up on your newsfeed. We are used to that and most people enjoy what other people like. And that's the intent of Facebook," he said.

There is still a way for users to opt out of the new language. Click on the privacy settings button at the top right-hand side of your page, it looks like a sprocket or flower, then click on "Ads" on the left-hand side of the screen. By clicking on the word "edit", a person can say they don't want to pair their social actions with ads.

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