Facebook : Reading the fine print…November 12, 2007 @ 01:11 pm 🔗 Post Linkwww, Facebook Read it!

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Facebookers… Have actually read the Terms of Use? Perhaps you should. It seems to me, and I’m not a lawyer, that once you upload content to Facebook…. they can do whatever they want with your pictures, videos, text etc. etc.

‘When you post User Content to the Site, you authorize and direct us to make such copies thereof as we deem necessary in order to facilitate the posting and storage of the User Content on the Site. By posting User Content to any part of the Site, you automatically grant, …[Facebook] to use, copy, publicly perform, publicly display, reformat, translate, excerpt (in whole or in part) and distribute [your] User Content for any purpose on or in connection with the Site or the promotion thereof, to prepare derivative works of, or incorporate into other works, such User Content, and to grant and authorize sublicenses of the foregoing.’

Thank gawd you can : ‘remove your User Content from the Site at any time. If you choose to remove your User Content, the license granted above will automatically expire’

Phew…wha… but…‘however you acknowledge that the Company may retain archived copies of your User Content.’ Doh!

And since I’m complaining about them, they may ‘terminate [my] membership, delete [my] profile and any content or information that [I] have posted on the Site’. Eeek!

But surely you need a good reason to? ‘for any reason, or no reason, at any time in its sole discretion, with or without notice, including without limitation if it believes that you are under 13, or under 18 and not in high school or college. When we are notified that a user has died, we will generally, but are not obligated to, keep the user’s account active under a special memorialized status for a period of time determined by us to allow other users to post and view comments.’ Ouch. I see. Um, thanks?

Well, at least Facebook doesn’t take advantage of the information in my profile right? ‘Facebook may use information in your profile without identifying you as an individual to third parties. We do this for purposes such as aggregating how many people in a network like a band or movie and personalizing advertisements and promotions so that we can provide you Facebook. We believe this benefits you. You can know more about the world around you and, where there are advertisements, they’re more likely to be interesting to you. ‘ Gee, thanks for looking out for me. I need more ads.

I found the fine print pretty surprising. I’ve deleted most of my photos and will likely edit my profile.