Facebook today has made radical changes to it’s terms and conditions regarding IP content ( like photos and videos). As of today, Facebook is pulling back the privacy settings on IP content allowing them to be seen by the world. As of late, Facebook has struggled to maintain a grip on allowing marketers access to users while maintaining user privacy. Today, the are dropping the latter mandate.
“This is about helping users experience the feeling of freedom. Freedom is what this country was founded on and we’re proud to be sharing that idea with our users. Besides, read the ToC; we own it and we can do what we want with it,” says a bold Mark Zuckerburg referring to the terms and conditions the majority of users signed up for the service with. Those terms and conditions still apply (as they created a binding agreement between users and Facebook), which read:
“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).”
Social Network watchdogs, SocialPooch, CEO Gerald Bailey has these warnings, “today, regrettably, Facebook has taken steps to alienate them from their users. We are advising users to delete all content such as pictures, videos and answers to questions such as religious and political views.” When pressed on the issue, Bailey admitted Facebook was legally within their rights to expose the data but pointed out, “it goes against their principles, but honestly, let’s be thankful they didn’t take us up on that bit about publicly performing our material. Can you imagine a what a $hitstorm that would have been?
Also of interest, a new social network is aiming to replace Facebook, FriendFace. See the promotional video here: