Facebook’s Change in Terms

The recent change in the Facebook Terms of Service has been described in a lot of ways recently:

Facebook’s New Terms Of Service: ‘We Can Do Anything We Want With Your Content. Forever.'” (Consumerist)

“When a person shares information on Facebook, they first need to grant Facebook a license to use that information so that we can show it to the other people they’ve asked us to share it with,” he wrote. “Without this license, we couldn’t help people share that information.” (Chief Executive of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg)

“[E]xtraordinarily grabby and arrogant.” (Blogger Amanda French)

Taken with good faith, all they are allowing is for messages between you and friends not to disappear when/if you delete your Facebook. Taken cynically, the change reflects an aggressive content grab by what has become the ubiquitous tool of college and colleague communication. Follow the story through Consumerist.

Inspirational Quote:

“I contend that the strongest of all governments is that which is most free.”–William Henry Harrison

2 Comments

  1. why would Facebook risk messing up a good thing by edging in on people’s intellectual property? they had people’s trust and then they go and risk losing it; not smart.

  2. Good question. As Mr Zuckerberg says in the rest of his press-release/blog-post, and as all of us who involve ourselves in net-exclusive communities know, trust is what makes or breaks an online community. This kind of end-run on intellectual property rights seems counter to that basic fact. We’ll see what they start doing with people’s stuff soon enough.

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