2378780412_09447641afWe put a lot of trust in Facebook. It knows more about us than most of our parents do: our favorite bands, what we said to our best friend last week, what parties we’re planning to attend and can even show us pictures of how many vodka shots we had over winter break. All of this information is now in the Facebook database to do with as they please, forever.

Facebook recently changed its Terms of Sevice and kinda forgot to tell us ‘book-users, not that you read the original TOS before you hit “create account,” anyway. Basically, this is what you willingly (or unknowingly) agree to:

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… Post on or in connection with the Facebook Service.

If you’re sketched out and planning on immediately deleting your account, don’t even bother because Facebook maintains your information even upon account deletion. That means the picture of you passed out on a couch with a penis drawn on your face could some day be used as the photo of you they show on TV when you go missing or be shown to the public when you’re running for senator.

Think about that the next time you post that video of you and your hallmates awkwardly reenacting the Soulja Boy music video. What happens on Facebook stays on Facebook … forever.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg tells us the Facebook Terms of Service have reverted to their original wording. You can read his blog post here.

Image Source: william couch under Creative Commons
Facebook’s New Terms Of Service: “We Can Do Anything We Want With Your Content. Forever.” [Consumerist]


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