Social Media and Terms of Service ^DF

Facebook terms and service what is the truth behind the curtain? In this essay we will go through the 18 points to look for 1. Privacy so with this the use this thing called data policy which it just saying that they can use your content and information about you. 2 Sharing your Content & Information says that the you specifically give them the following permission, subject to your privacy and you grant them a worldwide license to use any IP content. 3. Safety They give you a list of what not to do but unfortunately they say they cannot guarantee the safety. 4. Registration and Account Security now with this they ask people basically to be truthful but that is not how the world is they have two rules I know are avoided people underage 13 cannot use Facebook and sex offenders as will because no one reads the terms and service or find ways around it. 5. Protecting Other People’s Right basically giving you a list of what not to do including stuff like not using copyright or trademark stuff. 6. Mobile and Other Devices it goes over saying if you deactivate your phone number to update Facebook because if someone gets your new number can access your Facebook now there is more points to go over but basically it isn’t much but I will admit this is just another example of how we as humans have this thing when it comes to reading stuff like terms and services we just skim or even just go past what we need to know so for future ways to work around this but we will see. ^DF

Prepare to sign your soul away…

Because one day that may be a condition included in an updated version of youtube’s terms of service. The language used in this legally binding agreement is incredibly dense but here is my understanding of the content I read. The terms and conditions of youtube state that any and all content on its site are “owned by or licensed to YouTube” and it is legally their intellectual property. Although youtube reserves all rights to a user’s content, the user is completely responsible for it.  Although “you retain all of your ownership rights… you grant YouTube a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable” permission to replicate, issue, and take your idea to make it into something else in any media format or channel they want.  That sounds like a pretty sweet deal for them. Furthermore, any content you submit whether it is a video or comments or something else is “perpetual and irrevocable.”

If there is a breach of security on their site, specifically onto your account, you must notify youtube immediately.  Youtube sheds any shred of responsibility for any losses you may suffer from said breach.  You will be held accountable if youtube or another user undergoes any losses from your unauthorized use or an act going against the terms and conditions. Which is a bit worrisome when the terms and conditions begin with “YouTube may, in its sole discretion, modify or revise these Terms of Service and policies at any time, and you agree to be bound by such modifications or revisions.” That does not sounds like consent to me.  Consent doesn’t really work that way and the notion that it does is frightening and dangerous.

I do think it’s a bit funny however, that in one of their last paragraphs they kindly ask children 12 and younger to not use the website and ask their parents for alternatives… as if any child – or average adult for that matter – will read that far into the terms of service, and then decide to abide by that request.


Instagram Terms Of Use & Privacy Policy

Instagram Terms Of Use & Privacy Policy

I decided to jump into the instagram world and see really what this company was all about. Its pretty sad actually. You are essentially providing all of this free content for them and they have figured out how to utilize it properly and have become a multi billion dollar corporation. They can pretty much do whatever they want with your information and you just have to sit there and let it happen. That sounds bad…but seriously. Its malicious! (but brilliant!)

Something that immediately jumped out to was this:

  1. You must not use domain names or web URLs in your username without prior written consent from Instagram.

Its interesting to think that they would put this in there. It’s not really like someone can put there domain name as the handle and (poof!) they are being redirected to the persons website anytime someone clicks on there handle. Sure, that was a little weird..but then I found this:

“Although it is Instagram’s intention for the Service to be available as much as possible, there will be occasions when the Service may be interrupted, including, without limitation, for scheduled maintenance or upgrades, for emergency repairs, or due to failure of telecommunications links and/or equipment. Also, Instagram reserves the right to remove any Content from the Service for any reason, without prior notice. Content removed from the Service may continue to be stored by Instagram, including, without limitation, in order to comply with certain legal obligations, but may not be retrievable without a valid court order. Consequently, Instagram encourages you to maintain your own backup of your Content. In other words, Instagram is not a backup service and you agree that you will not rely on the Service for the purposes of Content backup or storage. Instagram will not be liable to you for any modification, suspension, or discontinuation of the Services, or the loss of any Content. You also acknowledge that the Internet may be subject to breaches of security and that the submission of Content or other information may not be secure.”

Pretty much they are saying that they hold the right to do whatever they want, whenever they want, and however they want to do it with your content that you uploaded to their site. They own your content at the moment you push ‘post’. What a joke. They can use this information for so many wrong things. They could be seeing your pictures of you smoking weed to local law enforcement agencies and be solely responsible for most of the vacuous acts that occur in our community.

And then you begin to get to the real meat and bones!


In addition to some of the specific uses of information we describe in this Privacy Policy, we may use information that we receive to: 

  • help you efficiently access your information after you sign in
  • remember information so you will not have to re-enter it during your visit or the next time you visit the Service;
  • provide personalized content and information to you and others, which could include online ads or other forms of marketing
  • provide, improve, test, and monitor the effectiveness of our Service
  • develop and test new products and features
  • monitor metrics such as total number of visitors, traffic, and demographic patterns
  • diagnose or fix technology problems
  • automatically update the Instagram application on your device
  • Instagram or other Users may run contests, special offers or other events or activities (“Events”) on the Service. If you do not want to participate in an Event, do not use the particular Metadata (i.e. hashtag or geotag) associated with that Event. 

This definitely has changed my perception of what I should be posting and what I should not be posting. You’re information can sold and used by whomever instagram chooses. You have no control over that. BE CAREFUL PEOPLE!

-Dillon Green

Reddit Terms of Service…. What are you agreeing to?

I’ve used Reddit for awhile, and I have browsed through the Terms of Service, but have never read them in depth until today.  I found somethings that surprised me.

Within the first couple of paragraphs I was surprised to find that they can suspend or terminate your account anytime that, “for violations of this agreement or for any other reason we choose.”  So they have this agreement saying what you can and can’t do, but even if you follow it if they decide to they can terminate your account for no reason.  Which made me wonder what their other reasons could be.

When you get to the section where it talks about your content that you post, Reddit had this to say, “By submitting user content to reddit, you grant us a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, unrestricted, worldwide license to reproduce, prepare derivative works, distribute copies, perform, or publicly display your user content in any medium and for any purpose, including commercial purposes…”  So just by posting on their sight you allow them to use your content for free and to do as they want with it or, “…and to authorize others to do so.” They can give your content to others who can use your content for free.

If you have used Reddit you know it is broke down into SubReddits, which are different pages where people can post and let it get be seen by people who share the same interests.  When it comes to the Terms of Service Reddit said, “Subreddits may create their own rules and enforce them as they see fit,”  So not only do you have to follow Reddit’s Terms of Service you also need to follow SubReddit Terms of Service, or they can block you from the Sub.

Reddit goes into talking about what would happen if a lawsuit happens in result of something on their site.  They say that if something happens, either by you or a third party you agree to keep Reddit, “harmless from and defend them against any claims, costs, damages, losses, expenses, and any other liabilities, including attorneys’ fees and costs,”  So if you were to sue Reddit for something, you would have to hire and pay a lawyer for yourself, but you would also have to pay the defense lawyer representing Reddit.  So it’s probably not a good idea to sue Reddit.

These are only a few interesting things I found that I agreed to when I signed up for Reddit, there were others hidden in the text, but these were the ones that jumped out at me.


Running for office?

Twitter is here for you! This article on NPR provides an intriguing look on Twitter’s Government and Elections Partnership Team manual created to help elected officials maneuver the social media site.

The manual covers all the bases. What is Twitter? Why only 140 characters? What is the anatomy of a tweet? It provides advice on how to virtually connect with the voting public, most of which spends a profound amount of time online.

While Twitter only allows 140 characters, the Twitter Government and Elections Handbook is barely under 140 pages long.  This goes to show that while the entire platform depends on concision, there is so much media that combines to provide users with a rich experience, which if utilized well, can give an elected official – or hopeful – a great opportunity to polish their image and connect the public.

“Politics isn’t the only thing politicians talk about. Twitter gives politicians a platform to connect with the public, whether it be over sports of the latest buzzworthy news item. It is an opportunity for politicians to show they are more than just a suit — or pantsuit — and to talk about something other than policy and votes. In “stepping out from behind the podium” and showing natural personality, these leaders humanize themselves and the political process — and gain followers to boot.”

The manual is written for congresspersons, social media staffers, campaign managers, and interns alike.  And though most Twitter users know what twitter is, Bridget Coyne of Twitter says that they don’t want to make any assumptions on what users may know.  And so far, the handbook has been “wildly popular.”

^AA – Terms of Service and Privacy Policy


In the terms of service, the Stumbleupon website describes how the “servers may maintain such information for archival or legal purposes” and that they are not “liable for any of your information”.

Interesting verbiage from Stumbleupon include:

“When you enter any information (including Personal Information) into any postings or comments, we may collect this information, which may be available to some, a subgroup of, or even all Users of the Services.”

Stumbleupon goes on to tell us they will use our information to give us a better experience by using our interactions and information we input throughout the website, processing it, and giving us links to other stuff on the website and ads based on the findings. It works similar to how facebook ads and recommendations work. But they do collect more than what you think.

“Log Data may include information such as your computer’s IP (Internet Protocol) address, your mobile device identifier, the geographic location of the IP address you are using to access the Internet, browser type, operating system (including identifying whether you are connecting via a mobile device), the time of day of your access, your general physical location or your more specific location if you are connecting through your mobile device, and the website that you visited immediately prior to StumbleUpon.”

“You may email us here with a request that we delete your Personal Information from our database. We may retain an archived copy of your records as required by law or for legitimate business purposes.”

Stumbleupon makes it pretty obvious to users when it comes to a breach of security on the site, “You should be aware that while we take reasonable measures to maintain the security of your Personal Information, we are not able to fully eliminate all security risks or potential breaches.” They basically tell you that they know a breach is going to come, and when it does, they can’t guarantee you privacy.