Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Statement of Rights and Responsibilities - Facebook - Safety - 3.1,3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5,3.6, 3.7, 3.8, 3.9, 3.10, 3.11, 3.12

This agreement was written in English (US).  Please note that Section 16 contains certain changes to the general terms for users outside the United States.


Date of Last Revision: August 25, 2010.


Statement of Rights and Responsibilities


This Statement of Rights and Responsibilities ("Statement") derives from the Facebook Principles, and governs our relationship with users and others who interact with Facebook. By using or accessing Facebook, you agree to this Statement.




1. We do our best to keep Facebook safe, but we cannot guarantee it. We need your help to do that, which includes the following commitments:

mmmm 'do our best' compared to what I wonder?  At least this is clear, we must be responsible for our own safety!

2: You will not send or otherwise post unauthorized commercial communications (such as spam) on Facebook.

Does everyone know what 'spam' is - it could stand for 'spiced ham'.  What is the exact definition of 'unauthorized commercial communications'?  Maybe actual examples would help as this to me is unclear. Then again maybe it is meant to be unclear so it can incorporate just about anything????

3. You will not collect users' content or information, or otherwise access Facebook, using automated means (such as harvesting bots, robots, spiders, or scrapers) without our permission.

Now I can not stop laughing, sorry folks but how many users will actually know what 'automated means' are and to many the examples will have them scratching their heads - time for a dictionary perhaps.  Really, 'harvesting bots' could refer to removing the bot fly eggs off a horse, 'robots' mechanical/robotic toys or equipment, 'spiders' are creepy crawly critters and 'scrapers' tools to remove bots.

Lesson here - have an online dictionary open whilst reading statement of rights and responsibilities.

4. You will not engage in unlawful multi-level marketing, such as a pyramid scheme, on Facebook.

Okay but how about defining 'multi-level marketing' and 'pyramid scheme'. Many would have no idea and may also be wondering why they would even try to build a pyramid.  On the other hand, I wonder if facebook has had a close look at some of the businesses on facebook and the tactics and strategies employed.

5. You will not upload viruses or other malicious code.

A great point and I would hope that most would know what a virus is although it could be more specific and state 'computer virus'.  Some may worry about spreading a cold!  'Malicious code' I would suggest needs defining.

6. You will not solicit login information or access an account belonging to someone else.

Another good point but how many would understand 'solicit login'?  It is important if not critical however to remember that your accounts are yours and you should at no time allow another person to login to your account.

7. You will not bully, intimidate, or harass any user.

Love it.  No body has the right to engage any of the above behaviors on or off line.  Again I suggest that definitions here are important as are examples as perceptions and beliefs about what constitute such behavior seems to vary.

8. You will not post content that: is hateful, threatening, or pornographic; incites violence; or contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence.

I am hoping that the majority would understand all of what is written above.  I do wonder though how many have read this point as there are posts daily with people sharing youtube and the like, that contravene this rule.

9. You will not develop or operate a third-party application containing alcohol-related or other mature content (including advertisements) without appropriate age-based restrictions.

The above is clear although 'third-party application' maybe unclear to many.  I do see some contradiction in this point 3.9 and 3.8 as if not allowed to post 'nudity, porn, violence' then 'mature content' should not be allowed at all, however 3.9 in my mind anyway, says that you can as long as you have the 'appropriate age-based restrictions'.  Seems confusing!  Maybe a definition of 'mature content' is in order.  Click the mouse to your dictionary folks:)

10. You will not offer any contest, giveaway, or sweepstakes ("promotion") on Facebook without our prior written consent. If we consent, you take full responsibility for the promotion, and will follow our Promotions Guidelines and all applicable laws.

Well this is clear.  If you get written consent from Facebook, the 'contest, giveaway, or sweepstakes ("promotion")' will get the green light but you will lose all control over it..............mmmmmmmmm.  Great I guess if Facebook gets the message out to a vast market but the total control aspect is eating at me................How do you apply to Facebook?  What criteria is used by Facebook in deciding if your 'contest, giveaway, or sweepstakes ("promotion")' is worthy?  

11. You will not use Facebook to do anything unlawful, misleading, malicious, or discriminatory.

Can not argue to much with this - well I would hope anyway:)

12. You will not do anything that could disable, overburden, or impair the proper working of Facebook, such as a denial of service attack.

What the 'denial of service attack' - how many users would know what this is?  Fair call but please explain, even I am scared that I may do something inadvertently to overburden the system - I am on line a great deal......Back off to the online dictionary and google my new best friends.

13. You will not facilitate or encourage any violations of this Statement.

Okay so users are not to do themselves or get anyone else to do anything that breaks any of the rules in.......'Statement', which 'Statement', the one in point 12, 10, 2????  Which one?  Oh, maybe they are referring to the entire document 'Statement of Rights and Responsibilities.  Got it:)

I am now incredibly tired.  Time to sit and try and digest each of the above and continue googling and checking dictionaries to ensure I do not break any of the above rules.

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