Once Again: Facebook is Evil

kinnon —  February 16, 2009 — 4 Comments

Mashable links to a Consumerist article that talks about what, at first blush, seems a slight change to Facebook’s TOS agreement. (Terms of Service Agreement.) The gist of Facebook’s new TOS:

All your base are belong to us!

Facebook’s new TOS according to the Consumerist and Mashable states,

…all of the content you’ve ever uploaded on Facebook can be used, modified or even sublicensed by Facebook in every possible way – even if you quit the service.

From FB’s Terms of Use page:

You are solely responsible for the User Content that you Post on or through the Facebook Service. 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. You represent and warrant that you have all rights and permissions to grant the foregoing licenses.

So, all you soon-to-be-famous people who are busy publishing all of those great stories, shots and videos of yourself now, Facebook looks forward to selling them to the highest bidder when you hit the bigtime. Let me know how it works out for you.

UPDATE: Steve Knight has started a Facebook Group: “Facebook – Change Your TOS Back Now!



A television editor, writer & director since 1978. A Christian since 1982. More than a little frustrated with the Church in the West since late in the last millennium.

4 responses to Once Again: Facebook is Evil

  1. Do you think they are really going to use our stuff negatively, or they are wanting to use our stuff as potential advertisements for facebook itself? I guess I am hoping this is just a case of us worrying about possible conspiracy theorists, instead of there really being conspirators. (:-o

  2. T,
    FB claimed a market cap of 15 Billion when they did the Microsoft deal 18 months or so ago. When they settled the Connect U lawsuit a year ago, the stated market cap was about a quarter of that. They need to increase their market cap to all be happy billionaires and avoid shareholder lawsuits.

    The reality as Mashable points out is that some of this is about dealing with liabilities incurred by Facebook Connect – they need to have themselves held harmless. But some of this is also about increasing the monetary value of FB. Their primary value is your data. If they can control it – they will monetize it.

  3. Sick!

  4. Facebook made a change today to their terms of use. link to cnn.com

    They will be redrafting a new terms of use soon though.


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