Facebook, don’t be evil!

Don’t be evil“, the informal corporate Google motto, doesn’t seem to count for social networking website Facebook. While (online) privacy is becoming a bigger concern day after day, Facebook changed their Terms of Use in favor of, yes you guessed it, Facebook.

Facebook new Terms of Use

Most people don’t seem to know (or recognize) they give up the rights to everything they post on Facebook:

You hereby grant Facebook an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to (a) use, copy, publish, stream, store, retain, publicly perform or display, transmit, scan, reformat, modify, edit, frame, translate, excerpt, adapt, create derivative works and distribute (through multiple tiers), any User Content you (i) Post on or in connection with the Facebook Service or the promotion thereof subject only to your privacy settings or (ii) enable a user to Post, including by offering a Share Link on your website and (b) to use your name, likeness and image for any purpose, including commercial or advertising, each of (a) and (b) on or in connection with the Facebook Service or the promotion thereof.

But nothing new so far. The really new thing in the Facebook Terms of Use is that deleting your content or even your account is no longer preventing Facebook from using it. These lines were removed during the last revision:

You may 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, however you acknowledge that the Company may retain archived copies of your User Content.

In other words, everything you post, share and upload to Facebook will be Facebook property… FOREVER…

Puts things in a whole different perspective, doesn’t it? If you don’t like the new Terms of Use, join the People Against the new Terms of Service (TOS) group on, indeed, Facebook…


    8 thoughts on “Facebook, don’t be evil!”

    1. well, that’s not so bad, a bunch of pictures of drunk people and a few favorites lists. if you use facebook for what it is supposed to be used for it shouldn’t be an issue. if you have real content, get a real site.

    2. This was really big news when it hit. I’d only been using Facebook for about 3 months by then. Do you know whether the policy has been changed back so that content posters retain rights rather than the Facebook folks?

    3. Removing the lines or not, changing the TOS or not, still will make Facebook lose its both credibility and trust from the users. Who wants to give the pictures, texts or anything he/she has to be their property anyway? I suggest, just don’t upload anything personal or important files to untrustworthy website. I can’t believe that such ‘big’ website do this evil thing.

    4. Facebook. What is that, still? In my friendslist are only Mike K., Jermeny A., J.K., Junkfood…no real names. Nobody use facebook for serious tasks any more. I can’t believe it too.

    5. I agree with morgan. It is a little bit worried if Facebook planing different way to grap our personal information again.

    6. To play devil’s advocate, I suppose they’re covering their bottoms legally.

      Otherwise, they’ll have fat guys in living in trailers sueing them for breach of copyright over their rantings.

    7. I agree to the comment above. If you have really good content, than it is nothing to be placed on any site out of your own control -> own domain and webhosting

    8. “Most people don’t seem to know (or recognize) they give up the rights to everything they post on Facebook.”

      Facebook has definitely revised their Terms of Use. And it’s not at all favorable to the faithful FB users.

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