My personal information belongs to Mark

Ariel Luduena Karhs
February 17, 2009 | 2 min read

facebook Today I logged to my facebook and my home was like always.. nothing new… nothing told me that the ownership and proprietary rights had changed, and nobody told me that my personal information now belongs to Mark (including all my beautiful pictures!)
What happened with the “Accept” and “Not accept” buttons? (maybe Mark forgot about this…)

I was thinking about why this happened…
Maybe Mark needs money! How much does the data of the largest social network in the world cost? Surely a lot of money. Imagine if the data belongs to the social network rather than the users themselves.
Maybe Mark has development problems! If a user is deleted from facebook, what happens with all the information linked to his friends? (delete in cascade? :P)

I don’t know what happens here and I don’t care. Obviously this is annoying because you don’t have control of anything and this change was not clear at all.

This is the paragraph of the controversy:

You hereby grant Facebook an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to (a) use, copy, publish, stream, store, retain, publicly perform or display, transmit, scan, reformat, modify, edit, frame, translate, excerpt, adapt, create derivative works and distribute (through multiple tiers), any User Content you (i) Post on or in connection with the Facebook Service or the promotion thereof subject only to your privacy settings or (ii) enable a user to Post, including by offering a Share Link on your website and (b) to use your name, likeness and image for any purpose, including commercial or advertising, each of (a) and (b) on or in connection with the Facebook Service or the promotion thereof

UPDATE 17/02: Facebook has rolled back to it’s previous TOS, surely because of all the negative reactions this caused in the online community. This happens when this type of changes, which are inherently controversial, are poorly communicated and explained AFTER being implemented. This is a sensitive issue, and before I am stripped apart of the ownership of MY data I would like to be at least told about it. (source:

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