When you upload a photo or video or post information on Facebook, you “ own ” it, but you agree that Facebook can use it.
However, Facebook cannot do anything with your content outside of your privacy settings.
If your photos are set to FRIEND’S ONLY for example, Facebook’s “IP License” of your photo is bound by your FRIEND’S ONLY privacy setting. It will not be shared with all of Facebook, or used outside of your profile.
Remember that when you post on some ones wall or comment on their photo, that content will remain until it is deleted by you or by your friend.
It will remain even if you delete your account and no longer use Facebook. It is like sending someone an email, just because you delete the email from your sent folder or delete your email account, doesn’t remove the email from the receiver’s inbox.
Facebook does not have control over what other people do with your content, so be aware of you privacy settings and who you are sharing with, especially when posting content under the “Everyone” setting, which allows anyone on the internet access to that content. Essentially you are in charge of what happens to your content and information
You also agreed to be regulated regarding what you use Facebook for and what you post, such as;
You are not to use Facebook for unauthorized commercial use or pyramid scheme marketing
You agree not to post pornographic, hateful or overly violent content on Facebook
“ You will not upload viruses or other malicious code”
“ You will not use Facebook to do anything unlawful, misleading … or discriminatory”
Unfortunately some of these items may be open to interpretation and may differ from person to person leaving loopholes for users unsure of what is classed as inappropriate content. Content deemed inappropriate by Facebook may be removed.
Although these regulations are in place and Facebook does delete profiles confirmed to be those belonging to children under 13 or created with false personal information, many accounts get through these nearly unenforceable regulations. No current proof of age is required to sign up for Facebook, and no system is in place to verify personal information given during account registration.
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