TOS Means Facebook Now Owns Everything…Forever

February 16, 2009

US (ChattahBox) – If you thought that removing your profile from Facebook was enough to remove your content, you thought wrong.

Everyone knows that when you post a profile on Facebook, everything you put on there becomes their property to use as they wish, for free, until you take it off, right? But did you know their new terms of service dictate that once you delete your profile, they still own your content? Did you know they can still use, or even sell, it?

“The following sections will survive any termination of your use of the Facebook Service: Prohibited Conduct, User Content, Your Privacy Practices, Gift Credits, Ownership; Proprietary Rights, Licenses, Submissions, User Disputes; Complaints, Indemnity, General Disclaimers, Limitation on Liability, Termination and Changes to the Facebook Service, Arbitration, Governing Law; Venue and Jurisdiction and Other.”

That is the end of the new TOS agreement, which anyone using their service is automatically required to abide by. This is just as valid for old users, as it is new ones. Using their service creates an assumed responsibility, which claims that continuing their service after the change means you agree to the terms.

Bottom line: Be careful what you put on Facebook. They own it now and forever.


3 Responses to “TOS Means Facebook Now Owns Everything…Forever”

  1. Raquel on February 17th, 2009 11:44 am

    Interesting. I guess I should delete stuff now.

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  3. coffee on February 22nd, 2009 6:57 pm

    Sadly, most people would not have looked closely enough to notice the change in Facebook’s Terms of Service… looks them social networkers are doing a good job of looking out for each other

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