Social Media Monday: Giving credit on Facebook


What are the "ethics" of sharing posts? How important is giving credit to the source?

By Jonathan Sweet
June 24, 2013
Filed under Features, Top Stories

Welcome to this week’s Social Media Monday, where we answer your social media questions.

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What are your thoughts about businesses sharing posts on Facebook without giving credit? Can you speak about "ethics" of posting? Giving credit where credit is due?­

Simply put, you always want to give credit to other people, businesses, etc., when you share their content. It’s the nice way to play on social media.

To share something that is posted on Facebook, simply use the “Share” button to share the content to your page. That will give the original poster credit, with a link back to the initial post.

If you’re going to share content from another website, include the original link with a statement like, “Great article on engine trends from Boating Industry.”

A company might also find itself on the other end of this – somebody else is “borrowing” content without giving proper credit. If that happens, often a simple message to the other party is enough. Something along the lines of “We really appreciate that you are sharing our content with your followers. All we ask is that you include a link back to us giving us credit” or asking them to remove it if that is the appropriate action.

Usually that will take care of the problem. If it doesn’t, and you want to escalate the issue, Facebook does offer a mechanism for challenging someone’s use of your intellectual property. You can file a complaint by going to this page:


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