Posted by: David Harley | October 19, 2016

Facebook and those ‘legal’ disclaimers

I’ve mentioned those not-very-useful disclaimers that people keep posting to stop Facebook ‘misusing’ their posts a number of times. For instance:

So I won’t press the point again, even though there does some to be another upsurge in such disclaimers, which are based on (a) a misunderstanding of Facebook’s view of its users’ right to their own posts (Facebook’sview is expressed here) and (b) a mistaken belief that such a disclaimer will somehow affect the existing implicit contract between Facebook and its users.

Sorry, I’m going to quote myself:

…your agreement with Facebook is a contract, as is the case with other social media providers: you can’t use a unilateral statement like this to opt out of the contract stipulations you agreed with the company when you joined, as long as they’re conditions that Facebook can legally impose (or modify, if it chooses). You can try to negotiate a non-standard contract with a provider, but a service with hundreds of millions of subscribers isn’t likely to consider one-to-one contract variations, especially when it isn’t charging for the service it provides.

And that remains the case. But I did come across an article you might find interesting in the Washington Post, which tries to explain Why that ‘Facebook copyright’ hoax will never, ever die.

David Harley

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