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Facebook Policy Primer

  1. 1. Facebook Terms of Service Policy Primer David Bova ● In this Policy Primer I will attempt to keep things brief and concise. I will discuss what I consider to be the most important points and issues associated with Facebook's Terms of Service. Let's start off by introducing Facebook.
  2. 2. What is Facebook? Facebook is the world's most popular social networking website with over 1.15 billion active users (Facebook statistics, 2013). It allows people from all over the world to keep in close contact with family and friends. It was founded in 2004 by a man named Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook statistics, 2013). This social networking site is considered by many to be a necessity in their everyday lives .
  3. 3. ● When people sign up for online network services such as Facebook, many neglect to read the terms and services, (The terms and Services for Facebook are over 14, 000 words so who would want to?) therefore, not knowing what they have signed up for and what this service can do with their account information (Smith,2013).
  4. 4. ● ● Let's have a look at Facebook's Terms and services in regards to registration and account security. It is stated that users must provide their real names and information. It also states that nobody under the age of 13 is allowed to register an account and use Facebook (Statement of Rights and Responsibilities,2012).
  5. 5. ● ● However, experts have found that it is extremely difficult to verify the age of a user online, and even more difficult to verify if somebody is using a real identity or they are disguised as someone else (Pelroth, 2012). This means Facebook's attempt to regulate factual information is futile. Let's now have a look at Facebook applications.
  6. 6. ● ● Facebook Applications are used by hundreds of millions of Facebook users monthly. These applications can access our personal information once users have agreed to their terms and conditions. The creators of these apps may then sell collected personal information to marketing companies, which can then lead to app users being tracked, which is in violation of Facebooks Terms of service (Statement of Rights and Responsibilities,2012).
  7. 7. ● Facebook states that it believes in the freedom of self expression (Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, 2012). However, when it comes to posting content they will not accept hate speech, anything that threatens another Facebook user, no nudity is allowed or anything pornographic in nature, and graphic violence is not acceptable except in certain contexts (such as a news article).
  8. 8. ● ● When a Facebook user uploads content on their account such as images and videos, they grant Facebook a license to use and display their content. Even though Facebook's terms of service states “You own all of the content and information you post on Facebook,” Facebook still owns a user's content as well, and they have been given the right to use that information (Statement of Rights and Responsibilities,2012).
  9. 9. ● ● Facebook provides users with tools that help them protect their content from copyright infringement. Facebook will remove content if they believe it is being copyright infringed. If a user is caught for infringing someone else's copyright multiple times, their account will be permanently disabled (Statement of Rights and Responsibilities,2012).
  10. 10. ● I hope you found this policy primer to be concise and informative. I know that reading through Terms of services may feel like a chore, but you might miss out on crucial information that may have a negative impact on you later on with whatever you signed up for.
  11. 11. Exegesis: ● The reason why I chose to create a policy primer which focuses on the Terms and Service for Facebook is simply because Facebook is the most widely used social networking site in the world at the moment (Facebook Statistics, 2013). While I don't use Facebook anymore, I can honestly say that when I signed up I didn't read a single word of the Terms and Service agreement, I just hastily scrolled down and clicked accept because I was too concerned with other things such as looking forward to getting into contact with people, and would what I post and what photo I would upload etc. The reason I chose to create a slider presentation is because slide presentations are usually simple and get the point across. I tried to be as concise as possible but still wanted to get my points across without being too brief. I tried to address the issues that would be most relevant to general Facebook users. I wanted to point out while Facebook attempts to control and regulate information such as stating everyone must provide factual information, the truth is that it is near impossible to do this. I think a policy such as one must be over 13 years to join this site is a waste of time, and while most people on Facebook do display their real identity, there will always be others that wish to remain anonymous, or only want to be visible to people they consider close friends and family. Speaking of anonymity, it is now more difficult that ever to remain anonymous on Facebook due a recent change with how their search engine works. You used to be able to hide your name from coming up on the search engine but this is no longer possible (Page, (2013). I also felt it was necessary to discuss Facebook applications and their attempt to gain personal information to sell to marketing companies. I knew very little. about Facebook applications until I wrote a essay on Facebook Privacy last semester and it was mostly focused on Facebook apps. Obviously in the primer I had to be pretty brief but I will provide a link to how Facebook has cleverly redesigned apps over time in an attempt to fool Facebook users (Charkham, (2012). Do I think this policy primer would be effective? I think it would be some what effective. I'm quite certain that if most terms and services were as long as this Powerpoint presentation more people would read them, though I still think the majority would skip it. What I do hope for is that people who read this primer find it to be informative.
  12. 12. References. ● ● ● ● ● ● ● Charkham, Avi. (2012). 5 Design Tricks Facebook Uses To Affect Your Privacy Decisions. Retrieved from http://techcrunch.com/2012/08/25/5-design-tricks-facebook-uses-to-affect-your-privacy-decisions/ Facebook Statistics. (2013). Retrieved from http://www.statisticbrain.com/facebook-statistics/ Page, Carly. (2013) Facebook Users Can No Longer Remain Anonymous In Search. Retrieved from http://searchenginewatch.com/article/2300217/Facebook-Users-Can-No-Longer-Remain-Anonymous-in-Search Pearce, Daylan. (2013). What Does Facebook Know About You – An Analysis. Retrieved from http://daylandoes.com/facebook-and-your-data/ Pelroth, Nicole. (2012). Verifying Ages Online Is a Daunting Task, Even for Experts. The New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/18/technology/verifying-ages-online-is-a-daunting-task-even-for-experts.html?pagewanted=all& Smith, Oliver. (2013). Facebook terms and conditions : why you don't own your online life. The Telegraph. Retrieved from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/social-media/9780565/Facebook-terms-and-conditions-why-you-dont-ownyour-online-life.html Statements of Rights and Responsibilities. (2012). Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/legal/terms
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