Facebook’s ridiculous new Terms Of Service and alternatives

I eased my stance on uploading photos to Facebook awhile ago because most of my friends there weren’t necessarily using Flickr.[1. I limited myself to uploading photos of my friends.] But, the recent change to their Terms of Service (TOS)[2. On their website, it’s also called “Terms of Use.”] is unacceptable.

From Consumerist:

Facebook’s terms of service (TOS) used to say that when you closed an account on their network, any rights they claimed to the original content you uploaded would expire. Not anymore.

Now, anything you upload to Facebook can be used by Facebook in any way they deem fit, forever, no matter what you do later. Want to close your account? Good for you, but Facebook still has the right to do whatever it wants with your old content. They can even [sub license] it if they want.

I feel that I have no choice but to close my account.

But where can you go without Facebook?


Update 2/16/2009 10:25pm — Here’s more insight across the web:

Update 2/16/2009 11:54pm — A couple more?

Update 2/17/2009 10:20amJim Goldstein analyzes Facebook’s new Terms of Use to explain why this affects you. He also gets interviewed by Joe Vazquez of KPIX (San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose). Definitely one of the most thorough.

I forgot to mention another service: WordPress.com (or WordPress if you have your own domain name and server). They won’t take your intellectual property.

My Facebook account is deactivated. (Why deactivated? Because they don’t let you delete your account.)

I do need to create a terms of use page here, which will tell anyone not to upload my photos to Facebook.

Update 2/17/2009 8:38pm — Oops. You can delete your account through this link. Just make sure you’re 100% positive because there’s no turning back. (via Jim Goldstein / PlagarismToday)


The backlash against Facebook’s updated privacy policies is about to expand. The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) is preparing to file a formal complaint with the Federal Trade Commission over the social network’s updated licenses, PC World has learned.

“We think that Facebook should go back to its original terms of service,” says EPIC Executive Director Marc Rotenberg.

EPIC expects to have its complaint submitted to the FTC by the end of Tuesday. [PC World / Yahoo News]

[via Jim Goldstein on Twitter]

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Bryan Villarin

Bryan works at Automattic. Cat whisperer. Sometimes, a photographer and card magician.

6 thoughts on “Facebook’s ridiculous new Terms Of Service and alternatives”

  1. I think I’m good. It’s more of a portal then anything. I don’t upload anything to FB and it’s just use to alert my friends when I upload to flickr or twitter. They can keep my statuses 😛


  2. This is definitely not a surprise to hear Bryan, but thanks for posting on it. This is the first I had heard of this officially, although I suspected as much even if they didn’t state it. There’s something about Facebook. I will be thinking on this and try to come to a decision. Glad you are making your stand. 🙂


  3. I was looking for ur facebook then i remember the twitter message about the copyright situation with FB. Then I said, “O No He Didn’t”, but you did. LOL


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