Social networking Giant Facebook has updated their Statement of Rights & Responsibilities for the first time since April 2011. Facebook’s “Statement of Rights & Responsibilities” is the governing document between Facebook users and the company itself. As a user of Facebook, accessing the site means that you agree to this statement, as you would a Terms & Conditions, or Terms of Service statement.
Most of the changes in their Rights and Responsibilities statement highlight things like safety and community standards. For instance they’ve changed the verbage “hateful” to “hate speech”.
Safety. In this section, we have changed the language from “hateful” content to “hate speech” because we think the term “hate speech” better captures our policy on prohibited content, which hasn’t changed. This is also consistent with our new “Community Standards”.
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important disclosures about how you can use Facebook to share with others and how we collect
and can use your content and information. We encourage you to read the Privacy Data Use
Policy, and to use it to help you make informed decisions
Facebook clearly defines that the user owns all of the content and information the user posts on Facebook and as such the user can control how it is shared through both privacy and application settings. Privacy settings deal with what people can see from your content while sharing controls what you see from others. For instance if you have a photo you don’t want everyone to see you can customize album settings. If you don’t want 243424888 updates from Cityville you set that in sharing.
In terms of Facebook applications Facebook now says you can’t develop third party applications containing alcohol related, dating or mature content. Facebook dating apps were popular for a hot minute back in 2011.
Facebook has also taken the word profile out of the language in their “Rights & Responsibilities” most cases of the words Facebook Profile have been changed to “Facebook Account” and of course you are supposed to only have one.
They’ve also clearly said you won’t tag people that aren’t Facebook members and don’t want to be tagged in this statement:
You will not tag users or send email invitations to non-users without their consent or tag
users if you know they do not wish to be tagged.
In the heat of the controversy of apps uploading user contact lists, Facebook has struck “contact lists” , “contact information” and “name and profile picture” from their statement about syncing.
You provide consent and all rights necessary to enable users to sync (including through
an application) their devices
contact listswith any basicinformation and contact
informationthat is visible to them on Facebook, as well as your name and profile picture.
Most of these changes appear to benefit the end user directly and some are in response to the public outcry over privacy. Other changes that Facebook has made are in response to a settlement over privacy concerns with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) who are closely monitoring Facebook over the next 20 years.
Facebook is looking for feedback on the changes through March 22nd. The entire change log can be found in this pdf.