Be wary of Facebook...

posted on 16th of february, 2009

You probably heard about it already, but just in case...

On Feb. 4th, Facebook changed their terms of service (without telling anyone, because their terms of service give them the right to do so).

Basically, the biggest change is that whatever content is uploaded to Facebook belongs to them FOREVER, and that remains true even if the person that posted the content leaves the site.

Needless to say, that means that any image you upload on Facebook becomes theirs to sell and use as they wish.

Given the uproar that this change has caused, I can see them going back to the old TOS pretty soon, but once again Facebook showed that they cannot be trusted and that they are ready to do anything to generate income.

Shame, really...

Comments (14)

Comment by Southernstar71 on February 18, 2009

Indeed, given the massive negative feedback they got, I don't see how they could have kept the TOS the way it was after Feb. 4th.

Still, as the writer of this article says, Facebook can only survive a few disasters like this one.

I, for one, will not be uploading anything to their servers, that's for sure!

Comment by Py2000 on February 18, 2009

"Facebook backtracks on terms of use after protests"


Comment by Eclecticelegance on February 17, 2009

Yikes! That is terrible. Thanks for the warning!

Comment by Fultonsphoto on February 17, 2009

All of my uploaded images were watermarked but I deleted them in any case.

Comment by Marilyngould on February 17, 2009

Thanks for the information regarding this company’s tactics. It is a great reminder for us all too always read the fine print before posting our work with any internet entity.

Comment by Tomdraug on February 17, 2009

I deleted my facebook account after reading their previos tos
It survived only a few days.
I see that now they went nuts.
Thanks for the info!

Comment by Rebeccaosborn on February 17, 2009

thanks for the heads up.. i didnt realise that and i'll sure be careful what i upload...

Comment by Teekaygee on February 17, 2009

I didn't even like their previous TOS, which is why I have never opened a FB account.

Comment by Littlemacproductions on February 17, 2009

I just checked that and it sez: Except for user content and applications/connect sites, all materials, content and trademarks on the FB .. blah.. blah. Then it sez:
You are solely responsible for the User Content that you Post on or through the FB Service. You hereby grant FB 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 FB 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. You represent and warrant that you have all rights and permissions to grant the foregoing licenses.


Comment by Awizard on February 17, 2009

thank you! just deleted all the pictures there. or they can use them anyway?

Comment by Deborah79 on February 17, 2009

fortunately I do not have a FB account!

Comment by Fultonsphoto on February 17, 2009

Thanks for the warning, I have posted the link on my FB PF.

Comment by Creativei on February 16, 2009

I recently deleted my account with all the online social networking sites, i didn't feel safe in those sites.

Comment by Studioceja on February 16, 2009

Thanks for the info Folco... heres a group you can join to protest:


if you are already a member. If your not I wouldn't join untill Facebook changes the terms.

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