Facebook Change of Terms and Conditions

Don’t get me wrong, I love Facebook.  I adore that despite my friends and I living sometimes thousands of miles away from each other, I can see their children, talk to them and swap gossip like it’s a virtual garden fence.

But the new terms and conditions of Facebook are totally outrageous and have more implications that at first you might realise.

“Under the new rules Facebook’s 175 million users agree to let the company use any content they upload in any way Facebook choose. Even more importantly, the company can continue to do so even if you have deleted your account. So if you upload a picture of your family and Facebook want to use it in an advertising campaign, for example, there is nothing to stop them, even if you are no longer a member of Facebook”.

Is it me or is that just more than a little wrong?  Also if you feed your blog into your Facebook account and republish there, then technically could they own that too?.  Mark Zuckerberg has blogged to reassure Facebook users that the company will respect users’ right to control information they upload. He writes:

“In reality, we wouldn’t share your information in a way you wouldn’t want. The trust you place in us as a safe place to share information is the most important part of what makes Facebook work.”

But that’s if he still owns the company, what if he sells it?.  The T&C’s still remain and you are trusting them with your data.  Most people don’t even know how to set their privacy levels, let alone realise the implications of something like this. I’ll be interested to see how this pans out and if they change their minds on it?  In the meantime if there is something you don’t want the world to see ever then for gods sake don’t put it on your Facebook account!

**UPDATE**

Facebook have just released this on the site

“Terms of Use Update

Over the past few days, we have received a lot of feedback about the new terms we posted two weeks ago. Because of this response, we have decided to return to our previous Terms of Use while we resolve the issues that people have raised. For more information, visit the Facebook Blog.

If you want to share your thoughts on what should be in the new terms, check out our group Facebook Bill of Rights and Responsibilities.”

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3 Comments

  1. I’m posting the text from your post to my facebook account…important info that’s a worthy share! Thanks for posting this!

  2. that’s terrible!
    good i never took facebook too seriously anyway!

  3. That’s really scary! I had no idea any of that was going on.