I just logged onto Facebook and found this note at the top of my homepage. A great example of the power that consumers (and traditional media) have in today’s world.
If you want to share your thoughts on what should be in the new terms, check out our group Facebook Bill of Rights and Responsibilities.”
Facebook, has over 150 million users. It also now owns the information that those 150 million post to their and other Facebook profiles. As reported on The Consumerist site, Facebook has removed some important information from their Terms of Service agreement and added even more important information that we all should be aware of.
The removed TOS language:
“You may remove your User Content from the Site at any time. If you choose to remove your User Content, the license granted above will automatically expire, however you acknowledge that the Company may retain archived copies of your User Content.”
The added TOS language:
“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.
So what’s this mean for you as a Facebook user? Everything you post to Facebook they legally own. But there are some sum rumblings out there in the blog world that only information that you post on social groups, other people’s walls, etc are the property of Facebook if you cancel your account.
Word to the wise: don’t put anything out there, on Facebook or otherwise, that you don’t want to forfeit the rights to or that you don’t want anyone have access to or stumble upon.