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?
- Twitter for status updates – I’m @bryan
- FriendFeed to share web stuff and see things your friends and contacts are interested in – I’m bryanvillarin
- Flickr, Zenfolio[3. Use my referral code for a $5 discount: 8E1-4V5-FH4], or Smugmug for sharing photos – I’m bryanvillarin on Flickr and my Zenfolio-powered website is Bryan Villarin Photography.com
- E-mail for direct correspondence – see my contact page
Update 2/16/2009 10:25pm — Here’s more insight across the web:
- Facebook terms of service compared with MySpace, Flickr, Picasa, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Twitter (Amanda L. French, Ph.D.)
- Facebook Clarifies Terms Of Service: “We Do Not Own Your Stuff Forever” (Consumerist)
- Facebook Change of Policy: Why You Should Care (Pixel Bits)
- Word of advice: get your blog content off Facebook ASAP (The Inquisitr)
- Yet Another Reason Why I Don’t Trust Facebook (Webomatica)
Update 2/16/2009 11:54pm — A couple more?
- I’m Done With Facebook (Edward Champion’s Reluctant Habits)
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.)
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]
6 thoughts on “Facebook’s ridiculous new Terms Of Service and alternatives”
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 😛
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. 🙂
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
the fact that Facebook change their TOS back so quickly is an indication that they knew they were wrong in the first place
Even after Facebook reverted back to the old TOS, you are still not going to use it?