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Facebook is making it easier to protect your work online

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Protecting intellectual property, especially when it comes to images, has been a particularly challenging task for social media companies.

With this in mind, Facebook has taken measures to better protect content creators and eliminate unauthorized sharing (opens in new tab) of content across its social network.

Earlier this week, the company’s Product Manager for Creator and Publisher Experience, Dave Axelgard, announced (opens in new tab) the company would be expanding its Rights Manager to cover images as well.

Rights Manager for Images is a new version of the tool that uses image matching technology, which should in theory allow creators and publishers to protect their work.

Anyone looking to access Rights Manager should submit an application for the content they have created and are looking to protect. Rights Manager will then look for matching content on both Facebook and Instagram.

The tool can be adjusted to cover either the entire world or just certain locations, allowing for a more granular approach sometimes necessary when it comes to rights ownership.

Facebook also stressed it has a “fast and effective” IT reporting system, a repeat infringer policy, as well as other measures put in place to protect content creators (opens in new tab).

Sead Fadilpašić
Sead Fadilpašić

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.