Monday, February 16, 2009

Facebook is Evil

If you have not read Facebook's terms of service by now, you should.

It is evil.

And I do not use that word lightly.

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), any User Content you
  1. Post on or in connection with the Facebook Service or the promotion thereof subject only to your privacy settings or
  2. enable a user to Post, including by offering a Share Link on your website and
(b) to use your name, likeness and image for any purpose, including commercial or advertising, each of (a) and (b) on or in connection with the Facebook Service or the promotion thereof.

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 basically, Facebook owns all your photos, your writings, your friend's contact details and private information about you.


Even if you terminate use of Facebook.

To me, this is simply an abuse of the trust users have placed in a site like Facebook.

I just dare them to try to use my image to advertise their services. I certainly know how Cristiano Ronaldo, Adam Sandler and other celebrities (or their agents) on Facebook would feel about that.

The sad part of all is that because all of this is buried in fine print, most people will have no idea that they just signed away pretty much all of their private information.

This is evil.

Not a great day for online privacy.