Facebook is Slapping its Users in the Face

Facebook is turning its terms of use policy into a privacy invasion

When I first joined Myspace and Facebook I was always hesitant of uploading personal photos and information.  This information could be used by someone else inappropriately or for somebody to sell.  Now the problem isn’t the users but Facebook itself.

Facebook has changed its terms of use policy for the worse.  The social network has the right to take legal ownership of the user’s content.  Facebook’s new terms of use policy states, “By posting User Content to any part of the Site, you automatically grant, and you represent and warrant that you have the right to grant, to the Company an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to use, copy, publicly perform, publicly display, reformat, translate, excerpt (in whole or in part) and distribute such User Content for any purpose, commercial, advertising, or otherwise, 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.”

Facebook has not stated why they changed their policy nor did they inform users that they were going to change the policy prior to the action.  Apparently someone just happend to read the terms of use policy and noticed that something was different.  This discovery quickly spread all of ther internet and has caused an international uproar among it’s users.

As a result of the fan rage and the law suit threats, Facebook has reverted it’s terms of use back to the original version but has not stated wether it will be permanent or not.  Facebook does however retain the right to keep a copy of the users’ content after their account has been deactivated.

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~ by Trelane on February 26, 2009.

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