03 Apr 2012 by Administration

I’ve closed my account on Facebook. Here’s why…

I’ve closed my account on Facebook. The terms I agreed to when I signed up have finally prompted me to leave.

The complexity of the site leaves me unsure of my privacy settings which ensures I’ve probably got something set wrongly. That doesn't bode well, given it is this that Facebook uses to decide if they can use my stuff.

And they can use photos of me, and the things they know about me in their advertising—assuming my privacy settings allow it—without paying me for the privilege! What the?

Update: Facebook has agreed to pay $10 million to charity to settle a lawsuit accusing the site of violating users’ rights to control the use of their own names, photographs and likenesses, according to court documents.

Update 2: Instagram—recently bought by Facebook—has updated its terms to allow it to use your images in advertising. A retraction on part of the revised terms appeared days later after a backlash from users, but people aren’t happy. Crikey’s response best matches my feeling on the matter:

The core lesson here is that services like Instagram aren’t free. You pay for them by licensing the operator to use your content and other data in various ways. If you don’t like that, well, pay for your goddam internet hosting yourself.

Update 3: In perhaps the funniest side to this entire debate, Mark Zuckerberg’s sister, Randi has been caught out by Facebook’s complex privacy settings: A photo she posted on Facebook privately has become public after a friend of a friend was able to see it and post it to Twitter.