Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Facebook Suicide

I just read several articles about the shady business of Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook. Articles with headlines like;

"Facebook Now Owns Literally Everything You Put on Facebook. For
ever. Seriously".

"Ten reasons to delete your Facebook Account"

Where they talked about Facebook's new terms of service:

"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 (i) Post on or in connection with the Facebook Service or the promotion thereof subject only to your privacy settings or (ii) 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."

Which is the same thing that is stated in the old TOS, but this time they removed an important couple of lines in the end of that section, which states:

"You may remove your User Content from the Site at any time. If you choose to remove your User Content, the license granted above will automatically expire, however you acknowledge that the Company may retain archived copies of your User Content.”

Near the end of the TOS, in the "Termination" section, they also state the following:

"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".

Which is basically translated to "we can do anything we want with your content - forever". One person explained: "This “allow” Facebook to sell your pictures AND personal messages to
anybody" - at any time.

That's nice to know when I've also read an article named:

"Facebook thinks you're a dumb fuck"

Valleywag got their hands on a truly damning instant message transcript between Mark Zuckerberg, still a 19 year old Harvard student at the time, and one of his friends. Here’s the excerpt that people all across the web are talking about.

Zuck: Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard
Zuck: Just ask.
Zuck: I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS
[Redacted Friend's Name]: What? How’d you manage that one?
Zuck: People just submitted it.
Zuck: I don’t know why.
Zuck: They “trust me”
Zuck: Dumb fucks.

Well, let me put it like this; from now on, nothing will be uploaded or sent on Facebook.

Good luck with selling what is written on the walls, bitch.