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Facebook terms of use

This month, an enormous buzz has been created around Facebook's terms of use, each day we see a new group inside Facebook around this topic, but is there any reason for this ?

Like any other successful creation, Facebook has to face jealousy & imitations but this may be the way internet goes only : A few weblogs will always find a "Da Vinci Code"-like way to reveal a new 'scandal'. Facebook is the perfect victim, it most probably has lawyers who write as perfect as possible terms & conditions of use but it firstly has to protect itself when the principle of the website creates obvious problems by its content, mainly made of personal content.

The Facebook's terms of use :
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.

Only one line deleted was enough to create the buzz :
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.

Such titles then appeared in well known websites & newspapers and Facebook had to react quickly :

"Do you belong to Facebook, forever?" [Chicago Tribune]

"Facebook: "We have never claimed ownership" of members' content" [The Standard]

Quite funny after all, just one more viral hoax... Do you really think that Facebook would suicide by using any bad way your personal informations ?  As for me I don't think so. Of course Facebook has to make money, it still loses several million dollars, but I have no doubt they will find a correct way.


Ce mois-ci, le buzz tourne à nouveau indéniablement autour de Facebook, le plus incontournable des réseaux sociaux. Le problème vient de ses termes et conditions d'utilisations, que certains sites n'hésitent pas à dénoncer dès lors que la moindre ligne change. Il est vrai que la question des données personnelles a toujours été et restera sensible tant internet s'est emparé de nos vies privées.

Pas un jour ne passe sans que se crée un nouveau groupe sur Facebook dénonçant ce genre de dangers et le principe même du site. Alors, Facebook victime de son succès, de la jalousie, de ses concurrents, ou est-ce simplement comme cela que fonctionne désormais internet ?

Faire du "buzz" est évidemment le moyen le plus sûr de rentabiliser un journal ou un site web, et certains n'hésiteront pas à trouver des défauts à quiconque en fait (façon pratique d'emprunter un peu de sa popularité), défauts démontrés par A+B façon "Da Vinci Code" là où bien sûr il n'y a souvent rien à trouver. Qui peut imaginer que Facebook ira utiliser des données personnelles d'une façon nuisible ?  Ce serait tuer la poule aux oeufs d'or, il n'y a aucun intérêt à cela. Bien entendu Facebook a un sérieux problème, il n'est pas encore rentable, mais la société vaut plus d'un milliard de dollars, nul doute qu'ils trouveront un moyen, ce n'est qu'une question de temps.

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*ab52b0    (2009-02-27 20:38:31)
Facebook consulte ses membres

Apparemment Facebook consultera désormais ses membres sur ses conditions d'utilisation. Très bien réagi !


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