Just recently I have been faced with another disquieting situation. One that has been discussed both publicly and privately many times. This time it came from left field and has caused me to address it publicly.
The issue is the use of photos created by the owner without permission. Yes, I know that I relinquish part of my control when I post I got that!
What concerned me in this instance a Facebook “friend” re-posted to her follower base my photo with her own negative opinion attached which might lead her followers to believe I too support her message. I find this unacceptable.
I approached her with this issue via private message and asked her to remove the post. Her response to me was she could not do so as Facebook does not have this capability “Sorry. Has to stay. Blame Facebook.”
OK, what don’t I understand here? No apology for the incident, no acceptance of her actions, blaming Facebook as the culprit as if the social media site was in error.
She claimed that her message was sent to warn tea reviewers about her experience. I am not a reviewer, and my photo is my representation of an enjoyable tea experience not for misuse for negative opinions.
I have had issues before with others using my photos and addressed it they apologized and found a way to correct the situation to my satisfaction.
Just recently I had another conversation with someone where similarly their photo posting was used in a way that would lead readers to believe the posting had been created by the re-poster not the original author.
My question when do we start treating each other with respect on social media? Is it so difficult to ask permission to use photos or postings? I have used links to postings in the past for crediting great blogs and interesting assessments. I do not think this is the same thing, am I correct?
The outcome of this incident, the person has un-followed or blocked me so further discussion privately or publicly could not be had. Honestly, it is probably for the best although it saddens me the way this all came about.
If you choose to make comments on this issue please do not continue the negativity lets focus on how we can all, as tea professionals and enthusiasts continue to “get along” as our world, as large as it is, is very small.