Facebook Changes Terms, Takes Possession of Your Content Forever

  • Comments: 4
  • Written on: February 17th, 2009

Fox News posted an article yesterday about Facebook changing its terms of service.

Facebook always claimed the rights to any content you place on the Facebook website, including the right to use the content to promote third party products or services.  The change they tried to slip in under the radar states that even if you terminate your Facebook account they can still use the content you uploaded in the past.

In effect, if you ever upload it to Facebook, you can never take it down.

For most people this isn’t a big deal, but how would you feel if your child’s picture showed up on FaceBook promoting a product or service?

  1. Tim
    Tim said on February 17th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Not a wise move in my opinion. I would be annoyed if they used any of my photos to promote a product or service and exceptionally pissed off if they used an image of my daughter. Hard to believe that they can get away with that…

    Looks like they’ve become less concerned with the community and more concerned with $$$. Sounds eerily similar to the new administration.

  2. Thor said on February 18th, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    @Tim

    Looks like they reversed course today. They reverted back to the old TOS after the “Just trust us” defense didn’t work out so well…

  3. coffee said on February 22nd, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    the fact that Facebook change their TOS back so quickly is an indication that they knew they were wrong in the first place

  4. psd to html said on March 2nd, 2009 at 6:48 am

    Quality user who uploads unique content and quality stuff never like this step of facebook, wise user now stops and fell fear to upload some thing different which they often uploads on facebook so i think facebook made huge mistake and it might create bad impact on Facebook.

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