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Who Owns Your Org’s Facebook Page?

Baby Shocked After Finding Out Facebook Privacy Changes
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Facebook has been pretty lame lately. If you’ve been living under a rock, go check your privacy settings and cry. Then, angrily tweet or update your status saying how you should leave Facebook. But don’t. You can’t. A lot of us can’t. For one reason or another, we are tied to Facebook. For nonprofits, a lot of this tying is wrapped up in our organizational Pages. (shameless plug for SSC Facebook Page) Somewhere back there, Facebook became a great way to interact and engage with the communities or our nonprofits.

Lately, a lot of people in the tech sphere (as well as many people outside of it) have been wondering out loud about what to do about the recent privacy changes. From considering whether or not your nonprofit’s Facebook page is worth it to putting together a Facebook Privacy Toolbox on Social Source Commons, people are starting to at the very least be more conscious of their social network information if not jumping ship altogether.

Leaving Facebook is becoming more and more of a consideration and as such, nonprofits need to examine their own Facebook presence. More to the point, nonprofits need to know who owns their Facebook page. When an organizational Facebook Page is created, the creating user automatically becomes an unremovable admin of that Page. The only way that they can remove themselves as an admin is to leave Facebook altogether. However, if they do leave Facebook and there are no other admins, the page that they created is deleted with them. So make sure that there are multiple admins for your nonprofit’s Facebook Page, because God forbid Johnny-Facebook-Page-creator gets fed up with Facebook’s new privacy violations and deletes his account without realizing that he is the only Admin for the Save the Purple-Toed Porcupines Facebook Page. God help the Purple-Toed Porcupines…

What do you all think about Facebook’s privacy changes and their implications for nonprofit?

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