New Facebook policy sparking concern

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The social networking site Facebook recently changed its rules about who owns the rights to the material.

About two weeks ago, Facebook updated its Terms of Use.

It now has the right to do whatever it wants with anything uploaded to your profile, even if the accout is closed.

Senior VCU student, Michael Dortch, has been on Facebook ever since he started college. The interior design major says he's posted things he now wishes he hadn't.

"Artwork our stuff we do for class studio projects," said Dortch.

Facebook has the rights to all of it. Even when you don't want to be a part of the Facebook community anymore.

There once was a provision that said Facebook's rights to your content expired when you closed your account.

But Facebook removed that from its Terms of Use, meaning even if you terminate your profile, it can still use what you posted for promotional purposes.

"I don't think it's right for Facebook to keep my work or my photos for their profit when I didn't sign no contract, said Dortch.

"When you make that check and you agree to the terms of use you're agreeing that they can change the terms any time they want to delete, add, modify whatever Facebook decides," said NBC12 Legal Analyst Steven Benjamin.

Benjamin says the terms are there to protect the company.

By granting Facebook a license, Benjamin says you're giving it permission to use any of the content you've published.

"It means Facebook can use those photos of you at Nags Head drinking beer In a ridiculous bathing suit whether they want to whether they ever would is really questionable," said Benjamin.

Joi Ford was the last of her friends to join Facebook and is now questioning that decision.

"It's not surprising but the impact of it that you can't get your information back even though it's yours that's the hard part about it," said Ford.

Facebook's Mike Zuckerberg responded to the concerns by saying quote, "We think this is the right way for Facebook to work, and it is consistent with how other services like email work."  Zuckerberg went on to say that Facebook wouldn't share your information in a way you wouldn't want.

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